How is Hendra virus transmitted?

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Flying foxes are a natural reservoir for Hendra virus, although interestingly they do not show any signs of illness when infected.  Hendra virus can be transmitted from flying fox to horse, horse to horse and horse to human.  There is currently no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from flying fox to human, human to horse or human to human.

The exact route of transmission is unknown, but it is thought that horses become infected by contacting or ingesting material contaminated by infected flying fox body fluids (including saliva) and excretions.  The virus can also potentially spread from horse to horse through direct contact with infectious body fluids, or through indirect contact via equipment contaminated with infectious body fluids.

The cases of Hendra virus infection in people occurred following exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g. mucus) and/or blood and other body fluids from an infected horse. 

Want to know more? Follow these links:

What is Hendra virus? 

How to reduce the risk of horses becoming infected

Signs of Hendra virus infection in horses

Vaccinating your horse against Hendra virus

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