Hendra Virus: Protect Horses to Protect Humans
Hendra virus is bad news. It’s deadly for horses, deadly for humans, and can be passed from sick horse to human caregiver. As of now, Hendra has only been identified in Australia, and researchers there are working to find the best ways to prevent its spread.

Flying foxes, a member of the bat family, are a native Australian species. This protected bat is an important pollinator species, but it carries a potentially deadly disease called the Hendra (HeV) virus. To date, no human has directly contracted the virus from contact with a flying fox, but people can (and have) become infected through direct exposure to infected horses’ bodily fluids.

Although the exact route of transmission to horses has not been

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