Horse free from Hendra virus

IT'S good news for a change for the local equine industry.

A companion horse on a Macksville property quarantined for Hendra virus has tested negative to the first round of testing.

A horse on the property died from Hendra virus on July 3.

NSW chief veterinary officer Ian Roth said there were three rounds of testing in total and the second and third rounds would take place during the next month.

He said samples had also been collected from two other low-risk horses on the property and the results were pending. All the horses were being regularly monitored and remained in good health.

A second horse has been euthanased at Wollongbar.



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