Council urges horse owners to be on lookout for hendra

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council has reminded horse owners of the need to be on the lookout for signs of hendra virus.

More prevalent in colder months, hendra virus has been found only in Australia, and in the lead- up to the Laidley and Gatton shows, horse owners are asked to be especially vigilant.

Mayor Steve Jones said while there had been no confirmed cases of hendra in the Lockyer Valley, it was important everyone who owned a horse be on the lookout for the warning signs and have their horses vaccinated.

"Occurring naturally in flying foxes, the disease is passed to horses through contaminated urine and faeces and has a 70% mortality rate," he said.

"To date all known cases have occurred in Queensland or northern New South Wales."