Hendra Virus – Duty of Care

If your horse were to catch HeV (Hendra Virus) and then infect someone else’s horse, would you be legally liable if the other horse died or had to undergo expensive lifesaving treatment?  The answer would depend on the circumstances in which transmission of the disease occurred. Let’s recall that HeV is a potentially fatal infection…

EI Outbreak

A retired judge of the High Court of Australia, Mr Ian Callinan, is holding an inquiry into the “circumstances that contributed to the outbreak” of EI (equine influenza) in Australia in August 2007. Those circumstances will involve the arrival by air of a small number of infected horses into Australia, their transport from the airport…