First horse death from Hendra in two years

THE first horse to die of Hendra virus in two years was killed on the New South Wales mid-north coast on Saturday.

ABC reported the horse, from a property west of Macksville, was buried at the weekend.

A second horse on the same property was vaccinated along with other animals, in the same region where the virus killed 10 horses two years ago.

The Department of Primary Industries told ABC there was a low risk to four people, including a vet, who came into contact with the sick animal.

It comes after eight confirmed cases of Hendra virus in Queensland in the past 12 months.

The virus has claimed the lives of more than 80 horses and four people since it was first identified 19 years ago.