Another Hendra case confirmed in Kempsey

ANOTHER horse from a second Kempsey property has tested positive for the Hendra virus.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed the case today.

"The 13 year-old quarterhorse was not doing well, had become dull and reluctant to move, and was treated with a course of antibiotics," Acting NSW Chief Veterinary Officer,
Dr Therese Wright, said.

"The horse's condition deteriorated rapidly on Monday with neurological changes, aimless wandering, jaundice and fever and it was sampled by a private veterinarian.

"The Hendra virus was confirmed today by the State's virology laboratory at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

"A second in contact horse will be vaccinated and will be closely monitored by a Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) veterinarian.

"The horse will be tested three times before the property is released from quarantine.

"Tracing is also underway to determine if any horses have left the property in recent weeks."

Dr Wright said the uptake of vaccination unfortunately remains low and NSW authorities are calling on all horse owners to vaccinate their horses against the Hendra virus.