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Med J Aust. 2006 Nov 20;185(10):562-4.

Hendra virus infection in a veterinarian.

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Queensland Health, Cairns, QLD, Australia.


A veterinarian became infected with Hendra virus (HeV) after managing a terminally ill horse and performing a limited autopsy with inadequate precautions. Although she was initially only mildly ill, serological tests suggested latent HeV infection. Nevertheless, she remains well 2 years after her initial illness. Recently emerged zoonotic viruses, such as HeV, necessitate appropriate working procedures and personal protective equipment in veterinary practice.

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