26 Jul '11, 6am

Deadly Australian horse virus found in dog

Deadly Australian horse virus found in dog

BRISBANE: A lethal bat-borne horse virus has been detected in a dog for the first time, authorities in Australia said on Tuesday, prompting fears it has jumped species. "This is the first time outside of a laboratory that an animal other than a flying fox or a horse, or a human, has been confirmed with Hendra virus infection," Queensland state Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons said. So far, 14 horses have died or been put down in Australia since June as a result of the Hendra virus, which was only discovered in 1994. No humans have yet been infected in the current outbreak, which has affected farms in New South Wales and Queensland, but four of the seven people ever to have contracted the disease have died. Symons said the dog, which tested positive for antibodies for the disease but appeared healthy, was on a property where Hendra had been confirmed and was currently u...

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