A total of 35 infections of Henipavirus in recent days have had the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan, raising a new alert on the zoonotic diseasestransmissible from animals to humans.
One of the transmission vectors are fruit bats, which are considered natural hosts of two of the known Henipaviruses: the virus Hendra and the Nipah.
What does the WHO About Hendra virus:
“Hendra virus (HeV) infection is a rare emerging zoonosis (disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals) that causes severe and often fatal illness in both infected horses and humans. The natural host of the virus has been identified as fruit bats of the family Pteropodidaegender Pteropus».
HeV was identified during the first recorded outbreak of the disease in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra, Australia, in 1994. The outbreak involved 21 stable racehorses and two human cases. As of July 2016, there have been 53 reported incidents of illness involving more than 70 horses. All of these incidents were confined to the northeast coast of Australia. A total of seven humans have contracted Hendra virus from infected horses, particularly through close contact during the care or necropsy of sick or dead horses.
Symptoms are associated with headache, fever, tiredness, cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, and nausea.
There is a vaccine, but for animals, specifically horses.