Hendra virus

Researchers know the flying fox transmits the deadly hendra virus to horses, but the exact method of transmission remains unclear.


Hendra Virus Confirmed in Dog

July 27, 2011

A dog on one of the hendra virus-affected properties in southern Queensland tested positive for the disease.... Read More


Australian Hendra Virus Case Total Continues to Rise

July 25, 2011

The total number of confirmed hendra virus cases has reached 14, according to Chris Reardon, BVSc(Hons),... Read More

Flying foxes, a type of fruit bat native to Australia, are thought to pass the deadly hendra virus to horses, however the exact mode of transmission remains unclear.


Hendra Virus Still Causing Problems in Australia

July 19, 2011

Twelve horses in Queensland and New South Wales have tested positive for hendra virus since late June.... Read More


Eighth Australian Horse Tests Positive for Hendra Virus

July 13, 2011

The total number of confirmed hendra cases has risen to eight after a horse died Tuesday (July 12) at a ranch ... Read More


Hendra Virus Continues Taking Toll on Australian Horses

July 08, 2011

Australian animal health officials confirmed Thursday (July 7) that seven horses have now died or been euthani... Read More


Hendra Virus: AVA Lauds Vigilance as Equine Death Toll Rises

July 05, 2011

Australian animal health officials have reported that six horses have died or been euthanized as a result of ... Read More


Second Australian Horse Tests Positive for Hendra Virus

July 01, 2011

A second Australian horse has tested positive for hendra virus and was euthanized, according to a bulletin ... Read More


Australian Horse Succumbs to Hendra Virus

June 28, 2011

Australian authorities confirmed June 28 that a Queensland horse has died after contracting hendra virus.... Read More


Hendra Virus Vaccine Nearing Completion in Australia

May 26, 2011

A vaccine against the deadly Hendra virus, developed by a group of Australian scientists, is in the final ... Read More


Australian Horse Owners Warned to Prepare for Hendra Season

May 04, 2011

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning Austalian horse owners to take precautions against the Hendra virus as the season for infections approaches. "There are still lots of gaps in our knowledge about how Hendra virus spreads, and we ... Read More


$600,000 Pledged to Equine Hendra Virus Vaccine Research

May 23, 2010

The state government of Queensland, Australia, along with the Australian federal government, has pledged $600,000 of funding towards research on a Hendra virus vaccine for horses, according to the Read More


Hendra Case Confirmed in Queensland

May 21, 2010

One case of Hendra virus has been confirmed, while an exposed horse has tested negative for the disease in Queensland, Australia. Biosecurity Queensland confirmed the case May 20 and on May 21 reported initial negative tests for the second hors... Read More


Perspective on Hendra Virus

March 01, 2010

Ninety-nine times out of 100, a Hendra virus test is negative. But the statistics tell only part of the story. This Australian veterinarian discusses the disease, its implications, and how we can prevent horse-to-human transmission of Hendra.... Read More


Hendra Virus Appeal: More Research Needed

November 27, 2009


The family of 55-year-old Dr. Alister Rodgers, the equine veterinarian in Australia who was the most recent person to lose his life to Hendra virus, is urging the horse industry and the Australian government to do more to... Read More


Hendra Farms Released from Quarantine

October 20, 2009

The five remaining properties involved in the recent Hendra virus incidents at Cawarral and Bowen in central Queensland, Australia, were given the all clear after test results were received Oct. 13.

The results were the final piece of... Read More


Australian Vets Call for Hendra Research Funds

September 23, 2009

Research to help fight the deadly Hendra virus is a matter of urgency, said the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Alister Rodgers, BVSc, died earlier this month after contracting the virus while treating a sick foal.

"Funds are... Read More


Hendra Virus Research Fund Dedicated to Vet

September 21, 2009

The University of Queensland has set up a Memorial Fund in honor of Alister Rodgers, BVSc, who died of zoonotic Hendra virus earlier this month. He contracted the virus while... Read More


Hendra Virus: Initial Tests Negative on Bowen Horses

September 16, 2009

The initial Hendra virus test results for the 16 horses on the three quarantined properties at Bowen, in North Queensland, have come back negative.

All horses on the affected properties will remain under quarantine until the period of virus... Read More


Hendra Virus Safety Tips for Horse Owners Released

September 11, 2009

The Queensland government has released a safety alert for horse owners following several cases of Hendra virus, a rare but potentially fatal zoonotic virus that can pass from horses to humans. Read More


Zoonotic Hendra Virus Reported on North Queensland Farm

September 09, 2009

Biosecurity Queensland is managing another case of Hendra virus infection on a property outside Bowen in North Queensland after test results on a deceased horse came back positive for the virus.

Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons,... Read More


Queensland Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

September 02, 2009

A veterinarian in Australia has died after contracting Hendra virus while treating a sick foal in Cawarral, Queensland, Australia, in July.

Queensland state Health Minister Paul Lucas told the Read More


Hendra Virus: Statement Regarding Vet's Death

September 02, 2009

The following is a statement released by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA):

Veterinarians around Australia are mourning the death of Alister Rodgers from a Hendra virus infection, and urge government... Read More


Hendra Horse Euthanized, Additional Testing in Progress

August 26, 2009

Biosecurity Queensland has euthanized a horse at a Cawarral horse nursery property that tested positive for Hendra virus infection. Euthanasia is the national policy for horses confirmed as being infected with the virus, which can affect both... Read More


Horse Positive for Hendra to be Euthanized

August 24, 2009

Test samples taken from a horse at a Cawarral horse nursery property have come back positive, showing the horse was exposed to Hendra virus. The virus neutralization test utilized is considered the definitive test to determine whether an... Read More


Vet Hospitalized with Hendra Virus

August 20, 2009

A veterinarian exposed to a horse infected with Hendra virus has tested positive for the disease and is hospitalized in an induced coma, said the Australian Horse Industry Council.

Three horses on a Cawarral, Queensland, property died in... Read More