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.

About author

Amy Whittaker
Amy Whittaker 1402 posts

Amy joined the NRN team in August 2011, before graduating from a B of Arts (Communication-Journalism)/B of Sports Studies from Charles Sturt University in December 2011.

View all posts by this author →

You might also like

National 0 Comments

Coalition annouces infrastructure statement

Tony Abbott has announced the Coalition will release an annual infrastructure statement if it wins the election.

National 0 Comments

Rudd to launch a regional cancer scheme

Kevin Rudd will launch a $15 million scheme today, for people suffering from cancer in regional Australia

National 0 Comments

Federal government releases Murray-Darling basin modelling

The Federal government has released the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s new modelling today.

Highlight Stories

Father and two children killed in Queensland caravan explosion

Three people have died following a gas explosion in Mount Isa in Central Queensland. The early morning explosion and fire tore though a caravan in the city, with police confirming

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!