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Officers still on scene at Hendra virus property

A BRENDONNA Rd, Calliope property remains in lockdown, after the Hendra virus claimed the life of a stock horse on Thursday.

Biosecurity Queensland officers were again on site on Monday, conducting risk assessments and taking test samples, as experts tried to ascertain whether the death was an isolated incident or an outbreak had occurred.

The rural property will remain in quarantine for up to a month, as biosecurity officers determine whether other horses had come into contact with the deceased horse, as well as analysing the potential human risk the incident poses.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson on Monday said first signs were that the incident may have been isolated, aided by the fact the property had not been used for commercial purposes.

"It was a recreational property and there had been no movement on and off the property (by the horse), so that's good news," the spokesperson said.

"The property will stay in quarantine for up to a month and a series of tests will be undertaken.

"It (results) won't be known until the end of the month."

In the aftermath of the incident, veterinarian Kris Thompson implored horse owners to vaccinate their animals, not just for the horses but for safety of humans too.

"Vaccinating horses is about protecting the people," Dr Thompson said on Monday.

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