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Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:01 am

Biological Hazard in Australia on Monday, 05 November, 2012 at 08:34 (08:34 AM) UTC.

Description
A horse has been confirmed with the dangerous hendra virus in Queensland, just one day after the launch of a vaccine against the disease. Biosecurity Queensland said the horse returned a positive test late on Friday night. The state’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Rick Symons, said the horse was first noticed to be sick by its owner on Wednesday afternoon. A private veterinarian treated the horse as a potential Hendra virus case due to the sudden onset of signs, including neurological problems, lethargy and a poor appetite. By Thursday afternoon the horse’s condition had deteriorated and a decision was made to euthanise the horse. Biosecurity Queensland officers have quarantined the property. “They will also undertake tracing as a priority to assess whether any other animals were at risk of being exposed to the virus,” Symons said. “Restrictions apply to moving horses and horse materials on and off the infected property, and the property will be quarantined for at least one month.”

Queensland Health’s Public Health were assessing the situation to identify those who were exposed to the infected horse. Symons said this latest case was the eighth Hendra virus incident in Queensland this year and the second in Ingham. “This year we have had cases in Townsville, Cairns, Ingham, Mackay, Port Douglas and two cases in Rockhampton. All of these cases have been finalised and quarantines lifted.” He said horse owners needed to remain vigilant in taking steps to reduce the risk of infection as Hendra virus cases can occur year round. Symons said the release of the Hendra virus vaccine provided another option for the horse industry in the fight against the virus and horse owners should discuss with their veterinarian whether vaccinating their horses was appropriate. “However it is important to remember no vaccine is 100 per cent effective and people in contact with horses need to continue to practice good biosecurity and personal hygiene measures even if horses are vaccinated,” he said.
Biohazard name: Hendra Virus (horse)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
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Location: North Qld - in the Land Down Under.

Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:40 pm

Not exactly in Australia - But.......Not that far away.
Volcano Activity in Indonesia on Tuesday, 06 November, 2012 at 19:09 (07:09 PM) UTC.

Base data
EDIS Number: VA-20121106-37119-IDN
Event type: Volcano Activity
Date/Time: Tuesday, 06 November, 2012 at 19:09 (07:09 PM) UTC
Last update: ---
Cause of event:
Damage level: Unknown
Geographic information
Continent: Indonesian Archipelago
Country: Indonesia
County / State: Java
Area: Mount Raung Volcano
City:
Coordinate: S 8° 7.500, E 114° 2.500
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Foreign people: Affected is unknown.
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