Dog owners need not be overly alarmed
Dog owners in the area where the Hendra virus has been found do not need to be overly alarmed by the news that a dog found on one of the affected properties has been infected, according to Australia’s leading companion animal organisation.
“Hendra virus is spread by direct contact with body fluids, blood or body tissue. Based on current knowledge, unless a pet dog is in direct contact with an infected animal it appears there is little risk to dog owners or their pets from the virus,” says Dr Kersti Seksel, President of the Australian Companion Animal Council.
“Of course, if you are living in an area where the virus is present, it is sensible to ensure you or your dog do not come into contact with an infected animal. This includes fruit bats and flying foxes,” says Dr Seksel.
The Australian Companion Animal Council urges anyone who is concerned about the Hendra virus to speak to their Veterinarian or check Government websites for information on the virus.