Information about Hendra virus vaccine

Hendra virus can transfer from animals to people. It can cause disease in horses and rarely in humans. The Hendra virus naturally occurs in flying foxes and it can be transmitted from flying fox to horse, horse to horse, and horse to human. A vaccine was made available for use in Australia in 2012 under an APVMA permit. The permit was issued as an additional tool to biosecurity measures in response to the increase in Hendra virus cases at the time, and until a registration application for the vaccine could be made and assessed. An application for registration is currently being assessed. The Australia Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority have now published further information about the hendra virus vaccine.

APVMA, 23 January 2015 ; ;