AN OUTBREAK of any kind of virus is a scary concept, especially when it erupts in the perimeter of your own region.
Although cases of the hendra virus have so far been limited to properties near Rockhampton and Ingham, some Gladstone locals have expressed concern about the intermixing of livestock at regional shows.
Despite being closest to quarantined areas, the Yeppoon Show and the Rockhampton Show are both going ahead this weekend, and the Mount Larcom Show is set to take place on June 23-24.
President of the Mount Larcom Show Society Craig Butler said it was up to stock owners to ensure their animals were fit and healthy for competition.
"If a horse is physically sick, it really is the horse-owner's responsibility," he said. "If anyone has an animal showing signs of poor health they should think very seriously about entering it in any form of event.
"The onus really is on the stock owner."
Mr Butler was confident the Mt Larcom area was safe for all animals to attend.
"The Mount Larcom Showground is not a flying fox resting area, so there's nothing to be picked up from the actual showground" he said. "We're not in a quarantined area.
"Yeppoon is the most suspect as far as I know. There is a quarantined property in the Yeppoon area, yet the Yeppoon Show is still going ahead."
President of the Yeppoon Show Brian Dorey wasn't worried.
"We've had no advice from any authority to do anything but go ahead as usual," he said. "And so that's what we'll be doing.
"In fact we've had more horse entries this year than cattle."