Black flying fox urine in Hendra link
HORSES are most likely to catch Hendra from urine excreted by black flying foxes.
The new research – a major advancement in understanding how the deadly virus is spread – has been discussed at a wildlife disease conference on the Sunshine Coast.
Bat expert Hume Field said a three- year study of 3000 of the animals showed a strong link between black flying fox urine and Hendra.
“There was much more of the virus in ( bat) urine than in faeces or saliva,” the EcoHealth Alliance scientist said.
But he said more research was needed to determine exactly how infected horses come into contact with the urine.
The research would be useful for horse owners to better understand the risks of Hendra and help them to decide whether to vaccinate their animals, Dr Field said.