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Hendra virus

It's an emerging ailment that was initially recognized in 1994 and it has only been present in Australia. It happens naturally in flying fox populations, and it is regarded as moved to horses through contaminated urine, faeces or foetal liquids. Humans become infected through close connection with infected horses. There’s been no proof of direct infection from flying foxes to humans or of human-to-human infection. Horses can infect other horses in addition to humans.

It’s much like, another emerging disease coming initially from from flying foxes in Malaysia. Nipah virus continues to be moved to pigs after which to humans, and it has wiped out about 200 individuals Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. Nipah has additionally been sent from human to human in Bangladesh. Hendra is much more distantly associated with the measles virus.

The clinical indications of Hendra virus in horses are respiratory system or nerve, and 70% of horses which have examined positive have left in the disease. Individuals that retrieved happen to be euthanased. There has been seven known cases in humans, with four deaths. A persons cases came from close handling of infected horses.

It is obvious that Hendra virus has become an endemic disease around australia. All known cases in horses (greater than 30) have happened in Queensland or northern NSW (one situation up to now) in the Great Dividing Range east. However, it’s believed that there's a possible for disease wherever you will find flying foxes considering that antibodies towards the virus happen to be detected in certain proportion of Australian flying fox populations.


  • There's a 50% mortality rate in humans for Hendra however Hendra is among the world’s rarest illnesses.
  • Natural host for Hendra virus may be the flying fox.
  • It's not obvious how horses become infected, however it might be when you eat food contaminated by softball bat urine or birthing items.
  • Human infections have happened consequently of subjection to body substances from infected or dead horses.
  • Up to now there's been no known change in Hendra for every person or from flying foxes with other creatures aside from horses.


Visit our Hendra virus breakouts pages for details about all reported breakouts from the disease since its discovery in 1994.

How's Hendra virus spread?

Our understanding of methods Hendra virus is spread is restricted, however we all know that Hendra virus exists in flying foxes without getting any apparent clinical impact on them. It's also known the virus could be shed at particular occasions using the fluid secretions from the flying fox, with saliva and urine.

Dr Hume Fields from Biosecurity Queensland states they have lately discovered that high levels of virus material are deposited directly under trees with what they call the ‘drip zone’ and very little virus is deposited after they leave the perimeter from the trees. This part of the trees in which the spats and also the urine of feeding flying foxes is going to be dropped is potentially very high-risk for horses.

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