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Horse events should continue as planned

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Hunter Local Land Services is advising the Upper Hunter community that all local horse events should continue as planned. A confirmed case of Hendra virus in one horse near Scone is an isolated incident, and any equestrian or human sporting or community events in the district are fine to proceed.

Hunter Local Land Services has worked closely with the DPI and NSW Health to ensure the property owners and people involved with the confirmed case of Hendra virus have been well supported.

They have undertaken a series of specific biosecurity protocols, and are closely monitoring remaining horses on the property.

District Vet Jane Bennett said there are no further transport restrictions in place, outside of the property involved.

“There are no transport restrictions on the movement of horses in our region,” said Dr Bennett.

“The property involved has cooperated with a biosecurity direction restricting their horse movements, but this does not and will not impact other properties or events in the Upper Hunter.

“We understand the level of community interest, however there is no cause to be further alarmed.”

Horse owners are free to continue participating in local events, as long as they maintain their usual good biosecurity practices and always obey the instructions of organisers.

Humans have only become infected with Hendra virus via horses and not through direct contact with bats. Community or sporting events should continue to be safe.

Source: Hunter Local Land Services

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