State Governments Announce Hendra Spending Boost

July 27, 2011

State Governments Announce Hendra Spending Boost

The Queensland and New South Wales state governments have committed to spending an extra $6 million as the fight to eradicate the Hendra virus intensifies.

A total of 14 horses located between Cairns in the far north and Macksville on the New South Wales mid north coast have now died from the disease, which authorities are struggling to control.

“Beating Hendra is going to take a combined effort of science Australia,” said Queensland premier Anna Bligh.

Ms Bligh said that the new $6 million in funding would complement the work the CSIRO was doing to develop a vaccine to prevent horses picking up the infection in the first place.

The current outbreak of the disease was first detected in the south western corner of Queensland, however it has now spread just about all the way up the Queensland coast and into New South Wales, which has led Racing Victoria Chief Executive Rob Hines to warn Victorian trainers about the dangers of the disease.

A host of Victorian horses, including Black Caviar, have been spelling at agistment farms in Queensland, which has prompted Hines to send biosecurity information to all trainers who have had horses in Queensland in recent months.

Mike Moroney actually rushed his star filly Brazilian Pulse back from Queensland a week ago, as he feared an outbreak would mean she was stranded in the affected zone.

Hines said that the Hendra outbreak was far more serious than the Equine Influenza outbreak that crippled racing in 2007 because it had the potential to kill humans as well.

Issues surrounding the Hendra virus have been further complicated by the fact that it was recently found in a dog on a Queensland farm.

Scientists were of the opinion that the virus could only be transferred along the bat-horse-human axis, however this case has led to fears that the disease could be mutating, which could be disastrous for the horse population, especially in Queensland.

“We don’t know how the dog contracted the virus or when it happened. Based on our knowledge to date, it is most likely that the dog caught the virus from an infected horse,” said chief Queensland vet Rick Symons.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

2018 Eye Liner Stakes field: L...

2018 Eye Liner Stakes field: Lucky Hussler draws barrier 2

The Darren Weir trained Lucky Hussler heads up the final field for the 2018...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

Weir’s pair puts plenty ...

Weir’s pair puts plenty of quality into 2018 Eye Liner Stakes nominations

The Darren Weir trained Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler and Japanese import Danon...

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Str...

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap winner

Santa Ana Lane scored his third Group 1 win and successive Group 1 wins with a...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?