A horse has died from the Hendra virus in central Queensland, prompting authorities to monitor anyone who came into contact with the animal.

A central Queensland property has been quarantined after a horse died from the Hendra virus.

The horse was found dead at the property near Gladstone on Thursday. It had been sick for several days.

Chief veterinary Officer Allison Crook said the animal had tested positive for the Hendra virus, making it the third case of the virus in Queensland this year.

“The property has been quarantined, which means restrictions apply to moving horses and horse materials on and off the property,” Dr Crook said in a Department of Agriculture statement on Saturday.

Authorities are assessing whether other horses need to be tested.

Queensland Health staff are checking on anyone who may have come into contact with the infected animal, but no one is believed to be at serious risk.