Whether you live near one of the documented "hot-spots" or hundreds of kilometers away, you may want to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to your horses. The advice on this page is offered by Biosecurity Queensland, and the Australian Veterinary Association.
Based on the current understanding of the spread of Hendra virus infection there are a number of strategies that can be employed by horse owners to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Key amongst these is getting your horse vaccinated against the virus.
Also see the AVA Flyer, the Qld Horse Council Flyer, the Property Design Flyer , and their Bats and Trees Flyer.
The map above is taken from the Victorian DPI website, and shows the limits of the range of the four species of Australian Flying-foxes. It is adapted frm a map prepared by Hall & Richards in 2000.
It shows the areas within which Flying foxes may travel and roost. It does not infer that all the shaded areas contain populations of Flying-foxes at any given time. The shaded areas show the areas which could theoretically be susceptible to transmission. So far, outbreaks have been limited to the area indicated, indicating that other factors are at play.