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To follow on from previous posts, and I promise that I will lighten up soon, but in view of the most recent outbreaks in NSW and Qld I want to emphasise the importance of awareness. I have read a lot of comments about statements of scaremongering from vets and the authorities and I understand how people feel. I can see how the information being disseminated, complete or otherwise, can be seen as a ploy to gain financial advantage from the release of the hendra virus vaccine. Scepticism can be healthy if it makes you ask questions and find the truth and the answers and satisfy yourself that you have done all you can before making a decision.

I recall after my horses died from Hendra virus, my vet, whose life was also under threat, came under fire by the authorities for scaremongering  for including information about Hendra virus and precautions needed in her regular newsletter to her patients and the local community. She was of course, vindicated in her actions for increasing awareness of the virus.

There is no denying how frightening this disease is, however I prefer to view the release of any information as an opportunity to increase awareness  and to equip yourself with the knowledge to take action to best protect your horse, your family and yourself, no matter the disease we are combating.

I have included details of an excellent site that has a lot information about the history and clinical details of Hendra virus and all known cases. It is worthwhile to check it out.



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This is an article that came through today and I thought it would be a good place to start as it provides some background information about Hendra virus and the vaccine.


I read most of the articles and forum discussions about the virus and the vaccine, so I am fully aware of the controversy. I do not intend to recommend vaccination or not, but I do want anyone that handles horses in any capacity to be aware of the virus and most importantly know the precautions that can be taken to lessen the possibility of infection for their horses, their family and themselves.

I welcome the discussions and opinions and arguments and concerns that I read about because that means people are thinking about the virus, that they know about it and are taking the time to find out more, to find out how it impacts upon them and what they need to do because in 2006, only 7 years ago, my horse Clive died from the virus and I knew nothing about it, very few did and it certainly wasn't a topic of conversation. So, we have come a very long way in terms of awareness, and it was to promote awareness that I wrote of my experience with Hendra virus in Spillover: A Memoir.

The book chronologically details  the case of my horse's death and the impact it had on my family. At the time, finding information about the virus was not easy and what was available was limited, unlike today,and the more I found the more shocked I was that such a virus was lurking in my backyard and I knew nothing about it.

For more about Spillover:A Memoir go to www.spillover.com.au


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