Australia Hendra Virus Outbreak In Horses; Fatal To Humans

A deadly virus that is passed to horses from fruit bats, also known as flying foxes, has claimed its ninth animal. The virus is called the Hendra Virus and in this outbreak there have been at least fifty people have been exposed to this virus and is fatal. Another case of this virus was confirmed on a farm where a horse died and 9 people were exposed to the virus.

There is a second horse on the farm that is also carrying the virus and is believed to have become infected by being in contact with the first infected horse. The farm where these sick horses were located is an adventure farm for tourists which lie west of the Great Barrier Reef. In order to contact the virus people would need to have close contact with the body fluids of a sick horse.

The outbreak has spread from approximately three hundred miles from Sydney to Cairns which is starting to concern the race trainers of thoroughbred horses. At this time no persons have been infected with the Hendra Virus. Since 1994, when it was first discovered, seven people have contacted the virus but only four of them died. This is a rare virus and appears to be confined to Australia.

It is though to be spread by the infected fruit bats via food or water that is contaminated by the bats droppings or urine.


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