HENDRA VIRUS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE – Biological Times

HENDRA VIRUS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE

Publication Date : 10-05-2023


Author(s) :

Haseeb Ashraf, Mehroz Latif, Irtaza Hussain , Sultan Ali.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 4
(05 - 2023)



Abstract :

Hendra Virus is a lethal zoonotic virus initially identified in horses in Australia in 1994. This virus is highly contagious and can cause severe respiratory and neurological conditions in both horses and humans. Thought to have a natural reservoir in flying foxes, the virus can also infect other mammals, including horses, cats, dogs, and humans. By coming into contact with infected individuals or their bodily fluids, humans are susceptible to the Hendra virus through zoonotic transmission. Human Hendra virus infections can cause mild to severe symptoms with no known cure at this time. Supportive care can be offered and experimental treatments such as convalescent plasma and monoclonal antibodies have been tried with varying levels of efficacy. The risk of zoonotic transmission to humans can be decreased by immunizing horses against the Hendra virus. There is no licensed vaccine for human use yet, research is ongoing to develop one. Since the Hendra virus poses a serious threat to public health through zoonotic transmission, it is crucial to comprehend the mechanisms and risk factors for transmission in order to prevent and control epidemics.


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