EurekAlert | 31 March, 2015 | University of Queensland
An antibody manufactured at The University of Queensland will be used in world-first human Hendra virus clinical trials starting this month.
UQ Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) Director Professor Peter Gray said the monoclonal antibody m.102.4 was the world’s first antibody administered to humans as a treatment for the rare but deadly viral disease.
“Queensland Health contracted us to manufacture the antibody for emergency stockpiles and for the human trials,” Professor Gray said. Continue reading…
View Queensland Health’s media release here
Brisbane Times AAP April 1, 2015
Queensland’s health department will begin human trials of a treatment for the deadly Hendra Virus this year.
The health department was granted approval to begin testing the treatment, known as a monoclonal antibody, this year, after a $1.2 million state and federal grant to fund the next step in delivering it to the general public.
ABC News report
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.