Sunday, May 19, 2013

Australia: Deadly bat-borne disease lyssavirus found in horse on southern Darling Downs, property quarantined

THE potentially deadly disease lyssavirus has been found in a horse for the first time and it is believed the infection occurred through microbats, rather than flying foxes.

It is also the first time microbats are known to have been involved in an infection.

A colony of microbats are living in a stable on the southern Darling Downs where the horse became infected.

Six people who have been in the stable are also being tested for any infection, and Biosecurity Queensland staff have quarantined the property.