Horse owners urged to help with study
AFTER recent outbreaks of the deadly hendra virus and the release of a vaccine for horses, a new long-term study is seeking the involvement of horse owners from across Australia to track the impacts of the disease.
Hendra virus is found in flying foxes, but has spilled over several times with deadly consequences, into horses, people and in one case a dog.
Dr Mel Taylor, from the University of Western Sydney’s School of Medicine, said the new research would provide a resource to track horse owner risk awareness, mitigation practices, and the effectiveness of government health and safety advice.
“Hendra virus is having an impact beyond the immediate and tragic loss of life,” she said.
For more information visit the survey website at hhalter.com.au.