Further victims as Hendra outbreak continues

While Queensland and NSW authorities continue the struggle to control the latest hendra outbreak, the virus claimed an unexpected victim almost six weeks after the first case was detected.

Towards the end of July a pet dog from a property where three infected horses had already been found tested positive to Hendra antibodies, and was subsequently put down.

At the time of writing Hendra had claimed the lives of at least 15 horses in Queensland and NSW, while over 60 people were still being monitored for signs of infection, including several vets.

All four species of fruit bats found in Australia are carriers of the Hendra virus.

Queensland’s chief vet Rick Symons said it was unclear how the two-year-old kelpie had contracted Hendra, but it did not necessarily indicate the virus was evolving. Continue reading Further victims as Hendra outbreak continues

How abnormal is the behaviour of captive, zoo-living chimpanzees?

How abnormal is the behaviour of captive, zoo-living chimpanzees?

BACKGROUND: Many captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) show a variety of serious behavioural abnormalities, some of which have been considered as possible signs of compromised mental health. The provision of environmental enrichments aimed at reducing the performance of abnormal behaviours is increasingly the norm, with the housing of individuals . . . → Read More: How abnormal is the behaviour of captive, zoo-living chimpanzees?

Study reveals EIV in dogs

A study led by Peter Kirkland of the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Camden, NSW, has revealed a number of Australian dogs kept near horses were affected by the equine influenza virus (EIV) during the 2007 outbreak of the disease.

The study said the first case occurred near a large stable, where a dog was reported as inappetant and lethargic with slight nasal discharge and a harsh, persistent cough.
In the following weeks, dogs in or near stables with infected horses, including dogs whose owners were handling infected horses or dogs that were only housed with infected dogs, were examined. Continue reading Study reveals EIV in dogs