What is the Hendra Virus ?
What is the Hendra Virus ?
Hendra virus is a zoonotic disease. This means it can transfer from animals to people. Hendra virus can cause infection in horses and, rarely, in humans and dogs. “The virus is shed from the horse at least a day before they display sickness,”
Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes. Human infection results from close contact with infected horses and their blood, body fluids and tissues.
Hendra virus is a fragile RNA virus which does not survive for very long (hours or days) outside the animal host.
Hendra virus is not a highly contagious disease. Close contact with the virus is required for infection to occur.
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It is reported that under favourable conditions (i.e. 22°C, pH neutral) the virus may last up to five days on fomites (inanimate substances with potential to harbour and transmit infectious diseases, e.g. tack, clothing, water-troughs). The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has taken a precautionary approach and advises that the risk period of the virus may be up to 10 days (El Saadi et al., 2011).
YOUR HENDRA VIRUS VACCINE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Dr Nathan Anthony BVSc (Hons)- Nathan is an Equine Veterinarian, a member of the Australian Veterinary Association HeV Task Force, he is involved with the Queensland Government interagency review of HeV Infection Prevention Advice, and he sits on the Pfizer Animal Health Infectious Disease Advisory Board.
WEB AUTHORS NOTE : Pfizer is the parent company of Zoetis
HENDRA: THE VIRUS, THE VACCINE, THE DEBATE - 01/13/2015
REPORT OF THE QUEENSLAND OMBUDSMAN THE HENDRA VIRUS REPORT
An investigation into agency responses to Hendra virus incidents between January 2006 and December 2009
WEB AUTHORS COMMENT: THE ISSUES AS I SEE THEM - SUMMARY
WHAT IS MORE LETHAL TO HORSES: THE HENDRA VIRUS OR THE HENDRA VACCINATION?
DOES THIS VACCINATION PREVENT HENDRA INFECTIONS IN HORSES / HUMANS?
Big Pharma, Zoetis (parent company Pfizer)) Veterinarians and Queensland and NSW government sites are misrepresenting the Equivac HeV Hendra vaccination for horses as an effective preventative for the Hendra virus in horses and an occupational health and safety measure for Veterinarians, racehorse trainers and their staff.
The facts are:
Zoetis Claims on the product box, what this vaccination is registered with the APVMA to treat - ‘An aid in the prevention of clinical symptoms of the disease caused by Hendra virus in horses 4 months of age and older’.
A vaccinated horse can still catch Hendra but it may not exhibit the Hendra virus symptoms (and if the vaccination doesn’t kill the horse), the Hendra symptoms probably won’t kill the vaccinated horse; however, A VACCINATED HORSE CAN STILL SHED THE VIRUS AND INFECT HUMANS, and can still infect unvaccinated horses without showing any symptoms of Hendra itself.
Claiming that this vaccination is an occupational health and safety measure is a misrepresentation of its action and could lead to humans being lax in their infection control and open to infection.
The vaccination has had severe side effects for horses that the APVMA refuses to acknowledge, primarily because these symptoms occur outside their 48 hour ‘reaction’ zone, despite the one common denominator- Hendra vaccination.
Hundreds of horses have died in agony (with a cluster of similar symptoms) after having recently been vaccinated – just co incidence?
Others have become un-rideable with severe temperament, ability and soundness changes– just co incidence?
There is now a class action mounted in the Federal Court against Zoetis regarding these side effects. By LDH Lawyers for a group of recreational horse owners.
The Equivac HeV Hendra vaccination for horses has recently been made compulsory for horses at studs and in training in the Hunter Valley and in other Hendra prone areas (and other less prone) of Queensland and northern NSW.
Equestrian Australia (E.A.) briefly made the vaccination compulsory for horses competing at E.A. Events in what they declared as Hendra prone areas. They repealed this rule but are considering re-instituting it. This resulted in many of their members vaccinating their horses with disastrous results- dead and suffering horses
Veterinarians – no vaccination, no treatment policy-
Many veterinarians in Hendra prone areas (and outside this area) have a ‘no vaccination, no treatment’ policy. Their supporting propaganda and vaccination rationale are ‘Hendra is zoonotic and humans can catch it from infected horses’ (true), Equivac HeV Hendra vaccination for horses is an effective way of stopping the transmission of Hendra from horses to humans (false). This claim is manifestly incorrect.
Veterinarians who have a ‘no vaccination, no treatment’ policy have left horses to die in agony from illnesses that are unrelated to Hendra.
Sick Hendra vaccinated horses have died waiting for Hendra exclusion tests.
Yet vets will attend to Hendra vaccinate an un vaccinated horse!
Hendra – how hard is it to catch?
It is a recognised fact that veterinarians who use PPE and infection control are effectively protected against Hendra. These ‘professionals’ would rather owners vaccinate their horses and accepr the reaction risks! The Queensland government is subsidising PPE equipment for vets.
It is recognised that certain horse management and handling practices are effective Hendra prevention measures.
The Hendra virus is transmitted by certain species of bats in certain areas of far north NSW and Queensland. Considering the number of bats, the Hendra infection in horses is fairly rare and even rarer in humans. It’s a ‘fragile’ virus and only those that have had close, unprotected contact with sick/dead (autopsy) horses’ body fluids have become infected.
Very few humans have ever died from Hendra.