Horse diseases warning

TWEED horse owners have again been urged to take steps to reduce the risk of spreading disease following recent cases of Hendra disease in Queensland and strangles disease in NSW.

The warning against the deadly Hendra disease, which is spread by bats and could be caught by horses drinking or grazing below trees where bats roost, follows the recent nightmare experience of a Murwillumbah horse owner banned from going near her sick horse until it was cleared.

One horse died from Hendra disease last month on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and strangles infections were recently confirmed in horses on a number of properties in the Illawarra, Hunter and Armidale areas.

NSW Government animal specialist bio-security specialist Belinda Walker those cases of the diseases were “a reminder of the need to reduce the risk of their spread in our own backyard”.

“While Hendra is a rare disease, its severity makes it a major concern,” Ms Walker said.



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