Your horse and flying-foxes

While a connection has been made between flying-foxes and the Hendra virus in recent years, the actual route of infection is unknown. It is thought that horses may contract Hendra virus infection from eating matter recently contaminated with flying-fox urine, saliva or birth products. 

A Hendra virus vaccine for horses was introduced in November 2012 to help protect horses from contracting the disease and remains the surest way to prevent the disease.

Last updated: 10 November 2016