Category Archives: Hendra virus

CSIRO Staff Association says animal health job cuts pose risk to future research

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 14 August 2014

Veterinary scientists say they’re disappointed that the CSIRO will cut eight jobs from its Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong in Victoria, as part of more than $110 million of Budget cuts to the science organisation.
The lab, which employs 250 people, is equipped to handle deadly pathogens that enter the country.

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Hendra virus to basket stars – Eureka Prize finalists announced

The Conversation Penny Orbell 8 august 2014

The CSIRO Hendra Virus Research Team is in the running for the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.

A full list of finalists and interviews with some are included.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

Chief Health Officer says antibody therapy not a safety net for deadly Hendra virus

Courier Mail Janelle Miles 29 June 2014

SIX people have received an experimental antibody therapy this year after exposure to Hendra virus, prompting health experts to warn against complacency.

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Researchers 1 step closer to countering deadly Nipah virus

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 25 June 2014) An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and three groups within the National Institutes of Health reports a new breakthrough in countering the deadly Nipah virus. The human monoclonal antibody known as m102.4 is the first effective antiviral treatment for Nipah that has the potential for human therapeutic applications.

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Hendra neighbours left in the dark

Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Ardern 24 June 2014

NEIGHBOURS of a property quarantined for the Hendra virus said they are yet to be told of the risks by authorities, days after two people sought medical treatment and a horse died.

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Five people monitored after Hendra virus horse death

ABC News 21 June 2014

Five people are being monitored after they came into contact with a horse infected with the deadly Hendra virus on the New South Wales north coast.

The Department of Primary Industries says the horse died on a property near Murwillumbah on Thursday night.  The property has been placed in quarantine and the dead horse has been buried.

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Hendra: Five people monitored after horse dies from deadly virus at Murwillumbah

Animal owners are being urged to vaccinate their horses against Hendra virus, after a gelding died from the disease on the New South Wales north coast.

The 31-year-old horse was found dead on a property at Murwillumbah on Thursday night.  Testing has confirmed it had the virus.

The result has prompted the Department of Primary Industries to quarantine the property and begin monitoring five people who have come into contact with the horse.  The virus can transfer from animals to humans in rare instances.

Authorities say horses are most susceptible to the virus in winter and have renewed calls for owners to ensure their animals’ vaccinations are up to date.

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Four tested after Beenleigh Hendra outbreak

Brisbane Times June 4, 2014 Kristian Silva

Health officials are monitoring one person who came into contact with a horse discovered to be carrying the Hendra virus in Beenleigh, south of Brisbane.

Three other people who came in contact with the horse were tested and found to be at low or no risk of contracting Hendra, Queensland Health have confirmed on Wednesday.   Continue reading…

Tense wait for Hendra risk results

The Courier Mail June 4, 2014

Experts are trying to assess the threat to residents after a horse tested positive to Hendra virus in Logan.

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Quarantine in force after Hendra discovery CM Online June 4, 2014

Horse tests positive to Hendra CM Online June 3, 2014

Hendra virus found at property south of Brisbane  ABC News June 3, 2014

Two South Kolan properties still in hendra virus lockdown

ABC News Frances Adcock 16 April 2014

Biosecurity Queensland says two rural properties near Bundaberg in the state’s south remain quarantined after a hendra virus outbreak last month.

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