Hunter Local Land Services advising planned horse events should continue in Upper Hunter after Hendra scare near Scone

HUNTER Local Land Services (LLS) believes a recent confirmed case of the Hendra virus near Scone is an isolated incident.

And, the organisation is advising the Upper Hunter community that all local horse events should continue as planned.

Hunter LLS has worked closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and NSW Health to ensure the property owners and people involved with the confirmed case have been well-supported.

They've undertaken a series of specific biosecurity protocols, and are closely monitoring remaining horses on the property.

Hunter LLS district vet Jane Bennett said there were no further transport restrictions in place, outside of the property involved.

"The property involved has cooperated with a biosecurity direction restricting their horse movements, but this does not and will not impact other properties or events in the Upper Hunter," she explained.

"We understand the level of community interest, however there is no cause to be further alarmed."

Horse owners are free to continue participating in local events, as long as they maintain their usual good biosecurity practices and always obey the instructions of organisers.

Humans have only become infected with Hendra virus via horses and not through direct contact with bats.

Community or sporting events should continue to be safe.

More information about Hendra virus can be found at https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/horses/health-and-disease/hendra-virus