Hendra Virus can be transmitted from horses to humans, transmission via feces

Horse illustration. (Source: Shutterstock Via Kompas.com)

Writer : Danang Suryo | Editor : Hariyanto Kurniawan

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.TVResearchers at Australia’s Griffith University some time ago revealed that the Hendra virus or Hendra virus (HeV) is contagious in horses and humans.

The virus has been detected in Australia in the urine of black-headed bats from New South Wales to Queensland.

Study leader from the Center for Planetary Health and Food Security Alison Peel said based on the study of the bats, his team was able to identify which variant of the virus could be transmitted.

“The results of our study by examining specific bat species helped identify how this viral variant was transmitted to horses and humans,” Peel said. Kompas.com, Friday (20/5/2022).

Hendra virus is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. Generally this virus is found in late May to late August. However, transmission can occur in all seasons.

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Peel said his research revealed there was new evidence showing the risk of transmitting the virus to humans.

“The development of gray-headed bats in the regions of NSW (New South Wales), Victoria and South Australia, is not normally considered a high risk for transmitting hendra virus. But recent evidence suggests there is a risk of transmitting hendra virus to horses and their owners (humans),” explained Peel.

Hendra virus apparently has long been found and is one of the endemic diseases in various regions.

Epidemiologist from Australia’s Griffith University Dicky Budiman said this virus came from flyfing fox, bats that eat fruits and are deadly.

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