Hendra Virus is a potentially deadly disease for horses and humans. Some of the common signs of Hendra are similar to colic in horses and influenza in humans, so prompt testing and strict quarantine are instrumental in preventing its spread.
Signs of Hendra Virus in horses
At present, Hendra Virus cannot be passed directly from flying fox to human, so its imperative that horse owners learn the common signs of Hendra Virus to protect their loved ones from exposure to the disease.
The common signs of Hendra Virus in horses include, but are not limited to:
- Acute onset of illness
- Increased body temperature
- Shifting of weight
- Increased respiratory rate
- Nasal discharge (clear, white or blood stained)
- Head tilting or circling
- Muscle twitching
- Urinary incontinence
Signs of Hendra Virus in humans
The common signs of Hendra Virus in humans include, but are not limited to:
If you suspect a horse on your property has Hendra Virus, all who come into contact with the horse should adhere to strict hygiene practices, including wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). This equipment can easily be purchased from most hardware stores or veterinary clinics.
Items for your PPE kit should include:
- Hand cleansers
- Waste disposal bags
- Disposable gloves
- Rubber boots
- Facial masks
- Safety glasses
- P2 respiratory (particulate respirator)