Breakthrough Hendra virus vaccine released for horses – 11/7/12

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BAT4 On a major milestone in the fight against the potentially fatal Hendra virus, the first vaccine for horses is now available.  The disease is found in Australia, and carried by bats.  It’s been a huge concern for people with horses there, and has claimed the lives of four of the seven people infected, worring horse owners and workers since it was first identified in Brisbane in 1994. There have been more than 35 outbreaks since the virus emerged, and it has killed more than 80 horses in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

CLICK HERE to read the article from ABC News Australia.

DWR NOTES:  I can’t imagine having to treat a horse with a fever, wondering if it also has a disease that could kill me.

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