How to reduce the risk of horses becoming infected with Hendra virus

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Since 2012, a vaccine has been available to prevent horses becoming infected with Hendra virus.  In our opinion, vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses.  For more information on the vaccine, click here.

There are also various husbandry procedures horse owners should routinely practice to reduce the risk of their horses becoming infected with Hendra virus:

  • Remove horse feed and water containers from under trees.  If possible, place feed and water containers under a shelter.
  • Remove your horses from paddocks where flowering/fruiting trees may attract flying foxes. Return the horses only after the trees have stopped flowering/fruiting and the flying foxes have gone. If it is not possible or practical to remove the horse from the paddock, consider fencing (temporary or permanent) to restrict access to flowering or fruiting trees.  Before returning the horses, ensure all fruit debris under the trees has been removed.  If it is not possible to remove your horses from paddocks for long periods, try to temporarily remove your horses during times of peak flying fox activity (usually at dusk and during the night).
  • Clean and disinfect gear exposed to body fluids from horses before using it on another horse.  This includes items like halters, lead ropes and twitches.  We can supply appropriate cleaning agents that are viricidal (will kill Hendra virus).
  • When cleaning contaminated equipment, wear gloves, cover any cuts or grazes and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
  • If your horse becomes sick, isolate it from other horses, other animals and people until a veterinarian’s opinion is obtained. 
  • Always handle healthy horses before handling sick horses.  Only handle sick horses after taking appropriate precautions (including wearing personal protective equipment).
  • Be responsible with respect to biosecurity: do not travel with, work on or take sick horses to other properties or equestrian events
  • Do not allow lay equine practitioners (dentists and farriers) to work on sick horses
  • Seek veterinary advice before bringing any sick horse onto your property


Want to know more? Follow these links:

What is Hendra virus? 

How is Hendra virus transmitted?

Signs of Hendra virus infection in horses

Vaccinating your horse against Hendra virus

Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and Yarrabilba Veterinary Services Hendra Virus Policy