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Widespread Risk

Widespread risk

Hendra virus can occur wherever there is overlap of flying foxes and horses. Because of the large distances that flying foxes travel, Hendra virus outbreaks could occur across a large proportion of the country.



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  2. State of Queensland, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Guidelines for veterinarians handling potential Hendra virus infection in horses: Version 4.2, December, 2011.

  3. Greg Richards, Les Hall and Steve Parish. A Natural History of Australian Bats: Working the Night Shift, 2012. CSIRO Publishing.