7 out of 10 infected people die, Hendra virus has the potential to become a pandemic

Jakarta

In the midst of the threat of new diseases after COVID-19, the disease triggered by the Hendra virus is in the spotlight. This type of virus is quite worrying because it is quite deadly.

Griffith University Australia epidemiologist Dicky Budiman explained, the virus was first detected in the urine of black and gray-headed bats that spread from New South Wales to Queensland, Australia.

“In humans, 70 percent if exposed to it is deadly, 7 out of 10 humans affected by the Hendra virus died,” explained Dicky in a written statement received by detikcom Tuesday (17/5/2022).

Hendra Virus Potentially Becomes a Pandemic

Dicky further stated that the Hendra virus (HeV) has the potential to become a pandemic in the future.

“We know that Henipavirus which consists of Nipahvirus (NiV) and Hendra virus are two viruses that have the potential to become a pandemic,” explained Dicky in a statement received by detik.com, Monday (23/5/2022).

However, Dicky said that so far HeV is not a highly contagious virus and cases are still rare. One of the reasons for this is the high fatality rate.

“So we haven’t had time to transmit it, the animal has died,” he said.

(any/naf)


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