10:00 am in Australia and New Zealand, Canine, Cardiovascular, Clinical, Epidemiology, Equine, Human, News, Public Health, Respiratory, State Medicine by Jonathan (Vetsforum Editor)
Quarantine has been lifted from a number of facilities that housed horses which tested positive for hendra virus. Extensive surveillance is being carried out on the premises to ensure no other horses are infected, but it seems the situation is looking up in Australia.
Hendra has shaken the equine industry in Queensland, Australia as the transmissable virus spread to 9 facilities. During this time the virus spread to a dog and vets seeking to treat the epidemic.
TheHorse.com has the full story here.
10:54 am in Australia and New Zealand, Canine, Clinical, Epidemiology, Equine, Human, Public Health, Respiratory, State Medicine by Jonathan (Vetsforum Editor)
The first case of a dog contracting Hendra has been recorded. A dog on a farm with infected horses was tested positive for the disease. It’s not believed the dog contracted the disease from flying fox bats but instead from the horse directly.
Vets are now urging owners to keep other animals away from infected horses as this awful disease is quarantined in Australia. Hendra is transmissable to humans and is fatal. The disease has already claimed the lives of vets attempting to treat it.
Click here for the recent development of Hendra jumping to dogs.
2:17 pm in Associations, Australia and New Zealand, Epidemiology, Equine, Gastro-intestinal, Immunology, Public Health, Respiratory by Jonathan (Vetsforum Editor)
The deadly Hendra virus continues to terrorise horses, their owners and vets in Australia in what is now considered a national epidemic. The virus which originates from flying foxes is transmissable to humans from horses and has claimed the lives of vets already.
12 horses have tested positive for the infection since June, with quarantines being extended to lock the disease down. A vaccine will not be available until a year: far too late to assist in the current crisis. TheHorseVet.com has the story up to this point. Cairns Vet also have case by case analysis of each infection.
11:10 am in Australia and New Zealand, Clinical, Critical Care, Epidemiology, Equine, Human, News by Jonathan (Vetsforum Editor)
An outbreak of Hendra in Queensland, Australia has left two stables quarantined. Hendra is transmissible from horses to humans and is thought to originate from contamination of drinking water by fruit bats.
Of the 7 infected humans, 2 vets have died so far attempting to treat the deadly virus. The virus presents a wide number of symptoms and, as shown, can be fatal.