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Scone property now cleared of movement restrictions after Hendra Virus death last month

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 A Scone property has now been cleared of movement restrictions after a Hendra Virus death last month. 

This was the first confirmed case of Hendra Virus in our region.

Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) has completed a 21 day monitoring period and HLLD District Vet Dr Jane Bennet has thanked the landholders and local
industry for their cooperation.

“It is important unusual animal deaths and diseases are reported, so we can help protect and maintain Australia’s strong biosecurity standards,” said Dr Bennett.

“Suspected Hendra Virus cases are particularly important to report in order to protect the health of people and horses that have been in contact."

“Both the local property owners as well as private vets and the equine industry have been very understanding and supportive of the process, following the confirmation of Hendra Virus in one horse, that died in June.”

Hunter and Mid Coast horse owners are being urged to implement good biosecurity practices after a Hendra Virus diagnosis in our region recently. 

There have been no further cases in the region since the initial death, and HLLS want to reassure local horse owners they can carry on their regular activities. HLLS said it is important to maintain good biosecurity practices and consider their vaccination schedule.

HLLS worked with the Department of Primary Industries and NSW Health to assist the property owners in managing the situation and also undertook meetings with equine vets and thoroughbred breeding industry leaders to review vaccination protocols in the region and best practice safety practices in dealing with suspected Hendra Virus cases.

Vaccination of horses is the most effective way to help manage Hendra Virus. It is also recommended horses are not fed or watered under trees frequented by Flying
Foxes and horse owners keep an eye on any visiting colonies and try to keep horses away from these populations.

More information about Hendra Virus can be found at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/horses/health-and-disease/hendra-virus 

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