Brisbane Times Inge Hansen 21 February 2015
Scientists have sniffed out a possible reason for the spread of the deadly Hendra virus and their noses are pointed towards bat droppings. James Cook University researcher Gerardo Martin said he and his colleagues were looking at bat secretions to determine how long the virus stayed alive in certain conditions after being excreted.
Townsville Bulletin Rachel Riley 17 February 2015
RESEARCHERS at James Cook University are hopeful of developing strategies to manage the transmission of Hendra virus by studying bat behaviour and tracking the movement of horses.
ABC Rural Marty McCarthy
Equine Veterinarians Australia has defended the Hendra vaccine, amidst growing concern on social media that the drug can have major side effects for horses.
The vaccine has been on the market for more than two years, but the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is yet to register it.
That means the vaccine can only be administered by vets who have been granted a permit by the APVMA to do so.
ABC News [Audio]
Former Olympic equestrian rider Vicki Roycroft is worried the Hendra vaccine has major side effects that are not being acknowledged.
ABC Rural Marty McCarthy 29 January 2015
Concern amongst horse owners that the Hendra vaccine has major side effects including death is mounting, despite authorities and the drug manufacturer disputing the claims.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, which issues vaccine permits to vets, has confirmed seven cases where the death of a horse had a ‘possible’ link to the Hendra vaccine.
A group called ‘Say No To Hendra’ has formed on social media to encourage horse owners to share their Hendra vaccine experiences.
ABC News RURAL 14 January, 2015 Marty McCarthy
Concerns the Hendra vaccine may have caused the death of a horse in Queensland have been quashed by autopsy results. Continue reading…