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    I will not let any one kill my horse if thay what to thay have to kill me first hes my best friend We sick toger. Even if hes a pain in the butt arrr but that the way i like him more fun oh yer new. I try the bottle on the tree thing and he love it i even gone and cut some hole in his feed buckt and put a lid on so now work it out but hes got that under his hoof he just get the lid in been his theet and pull it of
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    If the Hendra virus escaqpes out into the wider dog world, we are in big trouble.
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    yeah but wouldn't it be better to keep a viable source of anti-bodies than kill it.

    Given that fruit bats fly and they're not going to kill all those off - and they're in Victoria and SA too - killing one dog - is a bit futile as far as preventing spread goes.

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    They have never tested a dog before so it is likely dogs have had it before and clearly it hasnt affected them and they haven't passed it on. I agree they need to study the dog. He may need to be quarintined for a while and then when he is clear let him go back home but bloody well study him and find ot if he can help create a cure or a medicine to help fight this horrible virus.

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    I read somewhere that they had tested a dog before, and a cat. The dog developed antibodies, the cat died.

    Anyway, one of the issues with the dog is the fact that although it is healthy at the moment, it seems it is a bit like AIDS and it can affect them down the track. This pparently happened with a couple of humans last year year who were initially thought to be ok, but died from it 12 months later instead.
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    I think the dog and cat that you are talking about Anne, were lab animals, meaning they were intentionally infected, but this dog is the first dog in the real world that has been found to have it.

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    Yes, I realise this. Sorry, I was commenting on the statement about never testing a dog before, but they have.
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    yeah, it's a pity it is happening the way it is but I'd love to know what is really happening with it all, not just what the media is reporting, might paint a different picture, might not, but it would be interesting

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    You're right jonbax

    Most reporters are completely allergic to any scientific concept, so we can hardly expect informative reporting. My experience has been any event I've actually been present at - the report tells a story I was completely unaware of - ie nothing like what I experienced being there.

    And that would be one reason I hate the very idea of talking to reporters.

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