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First Hendra quarantines lifted

August 3, 2011

Two properties in the Beaudesert area of Queensland have had their Hendra virus quarantine removed - the first since this year's Hendra virus incidents began in June.

Authorities in Queensland and New South Wales have been battling the worst string of Hendra cases since the bat-borne virus was identified in 1994.

In all, 15 horses and and one dog have died as a result of the outbreak.

Queensland chief veterinary officer Dr Rick Symons said with the lifting of the quarantine on two properties at Kerry, they now reverted to their pre-quarantine status and no longer faced any Hendra virus-related restrictions.

"Like all horse owners, the property owners will still need to remain vigilant about the health of their horses," Symons said.

"Quarantine restrictions are only lifted after the completion of three rounds of testing over a 32-day period, with all tests results returning negative results for Hendra virus.

"One remaining property in Beaudesert remains under quarantine as this 32-day period with clear test results has not yet elapsed."

Biosecurity Queensland is still monitoring animals on properties at Beaudesert, Boonah, Park Ridge, Kuranda, Hervey Bay, Boondall and Chinchilla.

The number of horses now being monitored daily by Biosecurity Queensland stands at 81.

In New South Wales, four properties have had confirmed cases of Hendra in horses.



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