Stay vigilant for Hendra

LISMORE MP Thomas George says he is concerned some Northern Rivers horse owners are failing to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly Hendra virus.

The Hendra virus has killed five horses since June at properties in Wollongbar, Macksville, Lismore and Mullumbimby.

“Yesterday, I raised the matter in Parliament as a Matter of Public Importance,” Mr George said.

“The Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, made it clear that the NSW Department of Primary Industries is working around the clock to take swift and decisive action to prevent the spread of the Hendra virus.

“As the Member for Lismore, I am concerned by reports that some horse owners are not being as vigilant to stop this deadly virus from spreading.”

Mr George said he wanted to remind all horse owners on the North Coast to take precautions to reduce the risk of their horses becoming infected with Hendra virus.

Horse owners can take a number of simple steps including:

  • Remove horses from paddocks where fruiting or flowering trees have temporarily attracted flying foxes. If that’s not possible, tape off the area under the tree.
  • Place feed and water containers under cover.
  • Do not put feed and water under trees, especially trees with fruit or blossom.
  • Do not use feed that could attract flying foxes, such as apples, carrots, or molasses.

If you suspect your horse has Hendra, keep both people and animals away from it and call your private veterinarian immediately.

Further information is available on NSW Department of Primary Industries’ website:

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