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An Overview - The Hendra Virus in Australia
An Overview - The Hendra Virus in Australia

Hendra virus (HeV, previously known as Equine morbillivirus) is a Henipavirus related to Nipah virus, both of which are harboured by the Pteropid fruit bat (flying foxes) (Sawatsky et al. 2008, Wang et al. 2001). HeV is a zoonotic pathogen that can be transferred from animals to humans and in this case from horses to humans. HeV was first identified in Brisbane in September 1994 where it caused the death of 14 horses and a trainer. It was subsequently determined that the first spill-over occurred in August 1994 in Mackay, Queensland where infection resulted in the death of two horses and one person.

 

As of 25 January 2016, a total of 49 confirmed HeV incidents have occurred four of which have involved humans (Queensland Government Hendra Virus Incident Summary) . During this time a total 71 horses have died from HeV infection including those that had to be euthanized. Seven persons have been infected and four have died as a result of HeV (August 2004, September 2004, July 2008 and August 2009) giving an overall mortality rate of approximately 50% in humans.

Hendra Virus is a notifiable disease in Australia.

Case fatality rate in humans is 60% and in horses 75% (Web authors note- these figures vary depending on date and source)

NOTICE OF FILING June 6, 2019

RACHAEL ABBOTT Applicant

ZOETIS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD ACN 156 476 425 Respondent

This is the Notice of filing by LDH Lawyers against Zoetis on behalf of Rachel Abbott (+8)  pertaining to the “EQUIVAC HEV" VACCINE, It provides a clear overview of the issues many vaccinators have had with this vaccine and is recommended reading.

 SOURCE LINK : 

https://www.lhd.com.au/files/6715/6143/2336/FASOC-_sealed_5_June_2019.pdf

 

LINK TO HISTORY OF THE HENDRA VIRUS

https://csiropedia.csiro.au/hendra-virus-identification/

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