Routes of Hendra Virus Excretion in Naturally-Infected Flying-Foxes: Implications for Viral Transmission and Spillover Risk

@inproceedings{Edson2015RoutesOH,
  title={Routes of Hendra Virus Excretion in Naturally-Infected Flying-Foxes: Implications for Viral Transmission and Spillover Risk},
  author={Daniel W. Edson and Hume Field and Lee McMichael and Miranda Vidgen and Lauren K. Goldspink and Alice Broos and Deb Melville and Joanna Kristoffersen and Carol de Jong and Amanda McLaughlin and Rodney Davis and Nina Yu-Hsin Kung and David Jordan and Peter D Kirkland and Craig G. Smith and Bradley S Schneider},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
Pteropid bats or flying-foxes (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) are the natural host of Hendra virus (HeV) which sporadically causes fatal disease in horses and humans in eastern Australia. While there is strong evidence that urine is an important infectious medium that likely drives bat to bat transmission and bat to horse transmission, there is uncertainty about the relative importance of alternative routes of excretion such as nasal and oral secretions, and faeces. Identifying the potential routes… CONTINUE READING
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