Hendra virus information for industry and horse owners
Hendra virus is a zoonotic disease carried by flying foxes that can produce life-threatening illness in horses and humans.
While common in flying fox populations, the likelihood of horses or humans contracting the disease remains very low.
First discovered in 1994 at a racing stable in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra, it has caused the death of more than 70 horses across Queensland and New South Wales. It also claimed the lives of 4 out of the 7 humans infected between 1994 and 2014.
This guide explains:
- what Hendra virus is and how it spreads
- how to reduce the risk of spreading the virus on properties and at horse events
- the role of flying foxes in spreading Hendra virus
- how the virus affects other animals
- what to do if you think your horse might have Hendra virus.