It has been confirmed by Biosecurity Queensland that it has changed its quarantine procedures after hendra virus outbreak was discovered on the Sunshine Coast in the month of May.
But a couple, who were exposed to the virus, has severely criticized health authorities in Queensland and feels that the authorities need to manage an outbreak in a better manner.
They were exposed to the dangerous virus and they also patted an infected horse on the same day it was put down by the authorities. When the couple visited the property it was not quarantined at that time.
Biosecurity Queensland defended their decision and stressed that they had not quarantined the property after getting a request from the property owner. They admitted that a quarantine sign is displayed immediately in most of the cases.
The couple had to wait for three weeks to know the results if they had also contracted the threatening disease. They were among the nine people who came in contact with the horse. Tests have confirmed that none of the nine people contracted the virus.
Health experts have agreed that authorities need to react quickly to ensure that people are not put at any risk.
Hendra virus is mainly carried by bats and passed to horses by bodily fluids. Already 41 horses have died due to this disease.