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No bat cull as hendra strikes again

Biosecurity Queensland workers test a horse on the Nerimbera property.
Biosecurity Queensland workers test a horse on the Nerimbera property. Allan Reinikka

12.10PM: CULLING reviled flying-fox communities has been ruled out by Biosecurity Queensland following news that two more horses in Rockhampton were found to have the deadly Hendra Virus.

In a press conference on Tuesday, the group's chief veterinary officer Rick Symons said both horses would now be re-tested before they are considered for destruction.

A family dog in Ingham will also be re-tested after it too was found to have contracted Hendra, although it appeared to be a weak result.

It is only the second time a dog has been found with the virus.

There is little to no risk of its owners contracting Hendra from the dog, according to Mr Symons.

He said horses were contracting Hendra when coming in contact with flying-foxes in the area.

 BREAKING 10.55am: TWO horses on the Rockhampton property where a horse died of hendra virus last week have returned positive test results.

Biosecurity Queensland chief veterinary officer Rick Symons said the two horses would be re-tested to confirm the results before a decision was made about future action.

There are eight horses in total on the property, in the suburb of Nerimbera.

In addition, Biosecurity officers will be re-testing a dog on the Ingham property after it returned a weak positive test result.

Biosecurity will hold a press conference at 11am in Brisbane.

Queensland Health is also investigating whether any more people had contact with these new cases of infected horses.

Topics:  biosecurity queensland hendra horses queensland health



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