The head of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Zubairi Djoerban, explained that the Hendra virus originated. Not related to the name of the person, Zubairi emphasized that the Hendra virus is a family of Paramyxoviridae viruses from the Henipavirus genus.
The virus, which was first discovered in 1994, was originally reported in Hendra, Brisbane, Australia. “That’s why it’s called Hendra,” said Zubairi in his personal Twitter account, Saturday (21/5/2022), quoted from detik.com with the relevant permission.
The Hendra virus is said to have originated from fruit-eating bats. If the fruit eaten by the bat is eaten by a horse, the horse can then become infected.
“Apparently if there is deforestation, the bats will fly to the trees near the house, near the horse farm. So be careful with cutting down the forest,” he said, warning of the potential for transmission.
How Hendra Virus Transmitted to Humans?
Transmission can occur if a person has direct contact with infected horse fluids such as nasal secretions or blood. However, the good news is that until now there has been no evidence of the Hendra virus being transmitted between humans.
“Humans only get it from horses,” he said.
The symptoms of the Hendra virus that must be watched out for include bleeding, inflammation of the lining of the brain, convulsions, and pulmonary edema.
“From the data, 7 out of 10 humans infected with the Hendra virus died. However, infection in humans is very rare. Don’t panic,” explained Prof. Zubairi.
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