Hendra vaccine to be released today

Hendra vaccine to be released today

A horse vaccine for the deadly Hendra virus will become commercially available today, in a major breakthrough in the fight against the bat-borne virus, which jumps from horses to humans.

Horses are believed to contract the virus from feed contaminated by flying foxes’ urine. saliva or birthing fluids.

There’s no known cure for Hendra, but the Equivac HeV vaccine breaks the cycle of transmission and will prevent human deaths, according to scientists.

Four out of seven infected people have died from the virus, all in Queensland, since it was identified in 1994.

Priority will be given to Queensland and Northern NSW in releasing the vaccine,  as they are considered high-risk areas because of previous Hendra outbreaks.

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