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Geographic Spread - Hendra Virus 
Geographic Spread - Hendra Virus 
In Australia
In Australia
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WHEN AND WHERE DOES HENDRA OCCUR  IN AUSTRALIA?

Hendra virus was first detected in 1994 in the suburb of Hendra, Brisbane. Since then cases have been reported from Cairns in north Qld down to Kempsey on the NSW Mid North Coast. The majority of cases have occurred east of the Great Dividing Range, with a single case in July 2011 west of the range in Chinchilla, Queensland. Most incidents have occurred between May and August but some cases have occurred in other months.

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/310492/Hendra-Virus-Primefact-970-1.pdf

 

Epidemiological information about HeV is incomplete and remains the subject of ongoing research.

The known detections have occurred on or east of the Great Dividing Range from Cairns to Northern New South Wales, but this cannot be assumed to be the extent of the range of HeV, as there remains a potential for HeV in horses wherever flying foxes are found.

As horses are routinely transported over long distances, they could be moved within the recognised HeV incubation period from an area where they may have been in contact with flying foxes to an area where flying foxes do not exist.

SOURCE LINK:

https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/2.40.06-hendra-virus-vaccine-implementation?fbclid=IwAR3-qF3SKe3iLz3hqG40Hrl1zNzvs2Mkd9_1lWh43Snte1JhJxxAnfmDC_w

 

Hendra virus is regarded as an endemic disease in flying foxes in Australia. All known cases in horses have occurred in coastal areas of Queensland and NSW and research indicates that all infections have occurred within the range of the black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) and the spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspiculatus) species. The virus transmission dynamics in these 2 species and in the other 2 species, the grey-headed (Pteropus poliocephalus) and little red (Pteropus scapulatus), are complex and incompletely understood, so the transmission risk to horses from the latter 2 species is still undetermined.

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.vetvoice.com.au/ec/diseases/hendra-virus/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB AUTHORS NOTE :

Please seek more current distribution data, this map was produced in 2000

Dr Matthew Walker, a vet with Thirlmere Veterinary Clinic in NSW. - “If I had a horse within a 10-kilometre radius of where there’s been an outbreak, then I’d definitely vaccinate. But if you’re not in a risk area, is it worth risking the horse’s health by vaccinating?” he asks.

SOURCE LINK:

https://vetpracticemag.com.au/inside-the-hendra-vaccine-debate/

 

Hendra virus disease has never been identified in Victoria

SOURCE LINK:

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/horses/hendra-virus

 

POTENTIALLY DEADLY HENDRA VIRUS SPREADS FURTHER SOUTH IN NEW SOUTH WALES 13 June 2019

SOURCE LINK:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-13/potentially-deadly-hendra-virus-spreads-further-south/11204932

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