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Hendra virus: what do we know?

Authors
  • Hess, Isabel M R1
  • Massey, Peter D
  • Walker, Belinda
  • Middleton, Deborah J
  • Wright, Therese M
  • 1 NSW Public Health Officer Training Program, NSW Department of Health.
Type
Published Article
Journal
New South Wales public health bulletin
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2011
Volume
22
Issue
5-6
Pages
118–122
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1071/NB10077
PMID: 21781619
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Hendra virus infection is an emerging infectious disease that is not well understood. Most cases of Hendra virus infection have occurred in Queensland, with one case in a horse in NSW. Hendra virus infection has a high mortality rate in horses and humans and as cases could occur anywhere in Australia it is important to be ready for prompt action should an outbreak occur in NSW. This paper: reviews the current knowledge on Hendra virus infection including methods for preventing the disease; explains the animal health and human health response for an outbreak within NSW; and discusses possible future avenues for post-exposure prophylaxis and prevention by vaccination.

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