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Hendra patient still not showing symptoms

Sat July 21, 2012 5:05pm

A WOMAN hospitalised after being exposed to the deadly Hendra virus is still not displaying any symptoms.

The woman nursed a foal that died on her hobby farm on the weekend, and tests on the horse returned positive for Hendra on Wednesday.

The initial blood tests came back on Friday afternoon and confirm authorities' suspicions the Rockhampton woman does not have the virus.

However, she will undergo periodic testing for confirmation.

Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said on Saturday there were no updates on the woman's condition.

"The patient remains in a stable condition in hospital," Dr Young said in a statement.

"As I mentioned yesterday, the incubation period for Hendra virus infection in humans is 5-21 days.

"The patient does not currently have any symptoms."

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