Category Archives: Hendra virus

Job insecurity is driving the best and brightest out of medical research

Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016

Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.

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Disease evolution: how new illnesses emerge when we change how we live

The Conversation Simon Reid April 29, 2016

Humans have been “acquiring” infectious diseases from animals (zoonotic diseases) since we first started hunting wild game on the African savannahs. Indeed, nearly 60% of bugs that infect humans originated in animals.
These days, we seem to see more “new” diseases, such as Zika, Ebola and SARS. But there are plenty more lurking. A recent study suggests there are around 300,000 pathogens we don’t even know about and some have the potential to spread from animals to humans.
The world’s scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks?

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Central Queensland vet wants more clarity around Hendra virus protocols

ABC Rural News Lara Webster 21 April 2016

A Central Queensland vet says she is more wary of treating sick horses after another vet was fined last month over how he handled the treatment of a horse infected with Hendra virus.
Three Queensland vets were prosecuted last year by Workplace Health and Safety over how they managed cases of the bat-born virus in horses.

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Gold Coast veterinarian on good behaviour bond over handling of horse with suspected Hendra

ABC 30 March 2016

A Gold Coast veterinarian has been placed on a two-year good behaviour bond over his handling of a horse suspected to have contracted Hendra virus.

Vet guilty of Hendra exposure breach

Courier Mail AAP 29 March 2016

A VET has pleaded guilty to putting himself or others at risk of exposure to the potentially fatal Hendra virus on the Gold Coast.

Dr Matthew George Morahan is charged with failing to meet Workplace Health and Safety protection guidelines during an inspection of a horse believed to have the virus.

Dr Morahan, who is one of three vets in Queensland charged with breaching the new guidelines, will be sentenced at Southport Magistrates Court later today.

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Bats plaguing North Queensland

Townsville Bulletin March 11, 2016

EXPERTS and community leaders are stumped on how to move problematic bats roosting in parks, back yards, bus stops and other urban areas.
North Queensland councils have tried paintball guns, helicopters, air rifles, smoke, lights and python faeces but it has done little to deter roosts of thousands of bats with the flying foxes repeatedly returning to the areas from which they have been evicted.
James Cook University head of terrestrial ecosystems Professor Simon Robson said relocating bats was close to impossible as they either returned or caused further nuisance in back yards.

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Australian Veterinary Association supports parliamentary inquiry into hendra vaccine

ABC News | ABC Rural Robin McConchie 29 February 2016

The Australian Veterinarian Association (AVA) supports the decision by the Queensland Government to hold an inquiry into the approval and use of the hendra vaccine.

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