Experts warn horse owners to take care

THE risk of contracting Hendra virus was small; however, animal and health experts are warning horse owners to take precautions in light of last week’s case of the disease at Wollongbar.

Industry and Investment regional vet officer Paul Freeman said the risk of the disease spreading from bats to horses was low, and the spread from horses to humans was even lower.

However, when humans contracted Hendra virus it was often fatal.

With bat populations coming into closer contact with humans and their horses, the overall risk for spread of the disease was increasing, while the number of cases remained steady, Mr Freeman said.

It was important for horse owners to know the signs of the disease.

A special meeting will be held on Wednesday to provide horse owners with information about the threat of the disease.

It will be held at Industry and Investment at Wollongbar, in the main conference room, at 7pm.



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