Henipaviruses in African fruit bats pose health hazard to humans and other animals

11/20/2013 | BBC

Scientists discovered that a species of African fruit bat harbors a rabies-like disease and zoonotic henipaviruses. Researchers tested more than 2,000 bats in 12 countries and found potentially deadly henipaviruses in 42% of the animals. Hendra virus is one henipavirus. Although Hendra apparently has not yet spread to humans in Africa, it has spread to horses in Australia and then to veterinarians treating them, according to veterinary epidemiologist James Wood.

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