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“Why won’t they just vaccinate?” Horse owner risk perception and uptake of the Hendra virus vaccine

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Manyweathers, J., Field, H., Longnecker, N., Agho, K., Smith, C. and Taylor, M. (2017) “Why won’t they just vaccinate?” Horse owner risk perception and uptake of the Hendra virus vaccine. BMC Veterinary Research, 13 (1). ISSN 1746-6148

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-017-1006-7


Hendra virus is a paramyxovirus that causes periodic serious disease and fatalities in horses and humans in Australia first identified in 1994. Pteropid bats (commonly known as flying-foxes) are the natural host of the virus, and the putative route of infection in horses is by ingestion or inhalation of material contaminated by flying-fox urine or other bodily fluids. Humans become infected after close contact with infected horses. Horse owners in Australia are encouraged to vaccinate their horses against Hendra virus to reduce the risk of Hendra virus infection, and to prevent potential transmission to humans. After the vaccine was released in 2012, uptake by horse owners was slow, with some estimated 11-17% of horses in Australia vaccinated. This study was commissioned to examine barriers to vaccine uptake and potential drivers to future adoption of vaccination by horse owners.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Animal culture > Horses
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary virology
Veterinary medicine > Communicable diseases of animals (General)
Live Archive:28 Sep 2017 06:15
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:51

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