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New Virus In Bats May Hold Key To Hendra Virus
2012-08-03 11:30:53

Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. The new virus - named 'Cedar' after the Queensland location where it was discovered - is a close relative of the deadly Hendra and Nipah viruses. However, CSIRO's initial studies have discovered one surprising key difference - the Cedar virus does not cause illness in several animal species normally susceptible to Hendra and...

2012-01-13 12:34:00

Researchers find that African bats have antibodies that neutralize deadly virus A new study on African bats provides a vital clue for unravelling the mysteries in Australia's battle with the deadly Hendra virus. The study focused on an isolated colony of straw-coloured fruit bats on islands off the west coast of central Africa. By capturing the bats and collecting blood samples, scientists discovered these animals have antibodies that can neutralise deadly viruses known in Australia and...

Hendra-Infected Monkeys Respond to Human Antibody Treatment
2011-10-20 05:12:00

Monkeys infected with the deadly Hendra virus responded to a new treatment in which they were given human antibodies, which University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) researchers have called a "major step forward in combating the virus" in a press release announcing the findings. Scientists from the school's UTMB, along with representatives of Rocky Mountain Laboratories, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the...

2011-05-17 12:42:05

CSIRO scientists have shown that a new experimental vaccine helps to protect horses against the deadly Hendra virus. Dr Deborah Middleton from CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) will announce the successful progress to develop the vaccine at the Australian Veterinary Association conference in Adelaide today. "Our trials so far have shown that the vaccine prevents the infection of horses with Hendra virus," Dr Middleton said. Stopping the disease in horses could also help...

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2010-01-19 07:43:17

Few of us have experience of being infected with Hendra virus. Given that 4 of the 7 people who have caught Hendra virus have died we'd probably like to keep it that way. That shouldn't be too hard. "We know that around 50% of flying foxes have had Hendra virus at some time, yet it does not appear to cause them any problems. All indications are that, on rare occasions, Hendra virus spills over from bats to horses and then from horses to humans "“ there are no known cases of people...

2009-11-05 12:39:31

Hendra has given bats a bad name. Understandable given Hendra virus has killed people and horses, and scientists have discovered that Hendra virus is carried by bats. But it's not all the bats' fault. "Flying-foxes or fruit bats are large, very mobile animals that can fly long distances, possibly 100s of kilometers overnight. They are also very social animals, and roost during the day in large communal groups. We are very aware of them because they are so visible at dawn and dusk when we see...

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2009-10-30 10:29:53

There has been a breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Hendra virus following the development of a treatment which shows great potential to save the lives of people who become infected with the virus. A scientific team from CSIRO and the US has demonstrated that administering human monoclonal antibodies after exposure to Nipah virus, which is closely related to Hendra virus, protected animals from challenge in a disease model. According to CSIRO's Dr Deborah Middleton, who led the...

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2009-04-15 12:54:25

Groundbreaking CSIRO research into how the deadly Hendra virus spreads promises to save the lives of both horses and humans in the future. CSIRO Livestock Industries' scientists working at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), in Geelong Victoria, have made a major breakthrough in better understanding how Hendra spreads from infected horses to other horses and humans. Funded by the Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dr Deb Middleton and her team at AAHL...

2005-07-28 13:39:48

A collaborative research team from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have made a major breakthrough in efforts to combat two deadly viruses that could be engineered for use as bioweapons. The team isolated the functional receptor for the Nipah and Hendra viruses--naturally occurring and highly pathogenic paramyxoviruses for which no treatments or vaccines are currently...