Hendra virus has been confirmed in a 24-year-old unvaccinated horse on a property near Newcastle, north of Sydney. This is the first case of Hendra virus in a horse in NSW since October 2021 and the second case in the Newcastle area.
There have been no human deaths from Hendra virus in NSW.
Horse owners are reminded that vaccination of horses is the most effective way to help manage Hendra virus disease with the vaccine reported to provide immunity against both the variant strain as well as the normal Hendra virus strain. In addition, horse owners are strongly recommended to manage any potential horse-bat interactions on their property.
Immediately report any unusual signs of disease or sudden death in your animals to your local veterinarian or the EAD Hotline on 1800 675 888.