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Deadly Horse Virus Hits Humans in Australia

18 July, 2008

In Australia, the second person this week has been diagnosed with the deadly Hendra virus, which is passed on by horses.

An outbreak among horses in Queensland has been the cause of the illness which, in 1994, took the life of a horse trainer and 14 horses.

This time, the first person to test positive to the virus was a male staff member of a Brisbane veterinary clinic.

The latest case is a woman who was part of a team of nurses and vets who worked closely with infected horses at the same clinic.

The virus sufferers are both in hospital with the man being watched closely after deterioration in his condition.

Seven other people are also being monitored for signs of the virus. Queensland Health has said there are no recorded cases of Hendra virus being spread between humans.[bnn]

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