Heres what they said in the Australian
QUEENSLAND vet Alister Rodgers lost his battle with the lethal Hendra virus overnight, dying after two weeks in a coma.
“This is a terrible tragedy for his family and they are being supported by the staff of Princess Alexandra Hospital,” Mr Lucas told Parliament this morning.
“They've requested privacy and I would ask that people respect this at this time.”
Dr Rodgers, of the Rockhampton Veterinary Clinic, was infected with the virus when he treated a sick filly - thought at the time to be suffering from snakebite - at the J4S stud in central Queensland on July 28.
Despite an experimental treatment with anti-viral drugs, he fell into a coma three weeks later.
The Australian Veterinary Association today paid tribute to Dr Rodgers.
“We extend the sympathy of veterinarians around the country to Alister's family, friends and workmates,” AVA president Mark Lawrie said.
“Unfortunately this problem is not going to go away.
I dont recall that it was a problem when I was there and I'm glad we dont have it here.