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To follow on from previous posts, and I promise that I will lighten up soon, but in view of the most recent outbreaks in NSW and Qld I want to emphasise the importance of awareness. I have read a lot of comments about statements of scaremongering from vets and the authorities and I understand how people feel. I can see how the information being disseminated, complete or otherwise, can be seen as a ploy to gain financial advantage from the release of the hendra virus vaccine. Scepticism can be healthy if it makes you ask questions and find the truth and the answers and satisfy yourself that you have done all you can before making a decision.
I recall after my horses died from Hendra virus, my vet, whose life was also under threat, came under fire by the authorities for scaremongering for including information about Hendra virus and precautions needed in her regular newsletter to her patients and the local community. She was of course, vindicated in her actions for increasing awareness of the virus.
There is no denying how frightening this disease is, however I prefer to view the release of any information as an opportunity to increase awareness and to equip yourself with the knowledge to take action to best protect your horse, your family and yourself, no matter the disease we are combating.
I have included details of an excellent site that has a lot information about the history and clinical details of Hendra virus and all known cases. It is worthwhile to check it out.