NSW Hendra virus case unusual: Veterinarians – Outbreak News Today
Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) says the latest Hendra case near Casino reveals unusual signs and aspects of the disease.
EVA spokesperson, Dr Ben Poole, said that this latest case in north eastern NSW makes dealing with Hendra even more complicated and concerning.
“The facts of the case would suggest the horse may have initially received a low infectious dose of the virus that eventually led to the horse succumbing to the disease, after an unusually protracted illness.
“What’s different about this case is that the horse initially tested negative for Hendra virus after losing weight for two weeks and presenting with a sore mouth. It was given medication and the horse started recuperating while in quarantine on the farm. A week later the horse deteriorated rapidly and died a few days later. A nasal swab taken…