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Hendra Virus (HeV) Infection

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Hendra virus is a rare disease that can cause severe illness and often death in horses. Hendra is a virus that can spread from horses to humans.

There is no positive diagnosis of the Hendra virus in North America at this time, notwithstanding it is spreading throughout the world. Following is information on this zoonotic virus.

Is Hendra virus a risk to human health?

Humans may become infected with Hendra virus through close contact with infected horses or their bodily fluids. To date, no human-to-human transmission of the virus has been documented.

Generally, infected people initially develop fever, headaches, muscle pain, sore throat and a dry cough. Hendra virus infection has been known to cause death. There is no human vaccine available.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:29 )