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Horse with Hendra virus in Mackay euthanised after deteriorating

Biosecurity officers take a swab from a horse at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic east of Brisbane, Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Two horses are dead after an outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus. Three other horses have tested positive to the Hendra virus at the clinic which has been locked down for quarantine. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

A horse that contracted Hendra virus in the Mackay region has been euthanised.

The animal tested positive for the virus last Friday and was put down after its condition deteriorated.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Doctor John Gerrad says tracing and risk assessments have been performed on other animals at the property.

“Two close contacts of the horse have been given the monoclonal antibody treatment in Mackay to prevent them from becoming infected,” Dr Gerrard says.

“And we have one low-risk contact with mild respiratory symptoms who's been tested for Hendra.”

“We think it’s unlikely they have Hendra but we’re waiting for those test results to come back.”

Meanwhile, locals are being reminded to vaccinate their horses as the infected animal was unvaccinated.

Owners are also being told to take steps to protect themselves and their horses and contact a veterinarian if an animal becomes unwell.

(Photo: Generic Hendra Virus image via AAP/Dave Hunt)