Not only is this the most southern case yet, but it has also occurred in the horse capital of the southern hemisphere, which is obviously concerning for horse owners.
Further to this, we are only at the start of what is known as the “Hendra Season” which runs from May to August. Who knows what the rest of this season may bring.
There are lots of important ways to protect yourself against Hendra virus, including good hygiene and management practices however as Dr Secombe said “the vaccine, introduced in 2012, remains the most effective way to help manage the Hendra virus and is fully registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.”
Here is the link to the Australian Veterinary Association media release. https://vetvoice.com.au/media-releases/…
For further details on good hygiene and management practices, follow this link to the Department of Primary Industry’s PrimeFact – Hendra Virus. https://dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/…
There is a lot of discussion surrounding the adverse reactions associated with the Hendra vaccination. Here is a link to the APVMA Summary of adverse experience reports made to the PAVMA about Hendra virus vaccine. https://apvma.gov.au/node/15786
There are variables which will determine whether vaccination is appropriate for your horse and these should be assessed on a case by case basis. If you would like to discuss these variables with one of our vets, please contact the clinic on 02 6365 4363. ... See MoreSee Less