Hendra virus (HeV) is a rare, zoonotic virus (a virus transmitted to humans from animals). It is spread by bats and passed from sick horses to humans. It can cause severe disease which affects the lungs and brain or horses and humans. Without prompt treatment, Hendra virus is often fatal. There is no vaccine.
Take care when handling sick horses. Always wear gloves, masks and protective glasses. Vets should take particular care during post mortems. Reduce the risk of transmission from bats to horse by moving feed and water troughs away from areas where bats feed or roost.