Creating Waves of Awareness
The Queensland government in Australia has allocated a large amount of money to research this awful disease horses and a dog recently contract from areas inhabited by bats. Several treating vets have died. It threatens the whole racing industry and those who keep horses.
It seems to me that Homeopathy should have something to offer? What about a remedy from a bat with immunity? Does anyone have any thoughts?
The Scientific Name of Hendra Virus Disease
CDC | Hendra virus (formerly called equine morbillivirus) is a member of the family Paramyxoviridae. The virus was first isolated in 1994 from specimens obtained during an outbreak of respiratory and neurologic disease in horses and humans in Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia.
Originally found in Australia the transmission from animal to animal causes concerns to humans. Through direct exposure to tissues and secretions from infected horses, the Nipah virus has also caused a relatively mild disease in pigs in Malaysia and Singapore. Nipah virus was transmitted to humans, cats, and dogs through close contact with infected pigs.
Pteropus vampyrus bats (Large flying fox) harbor the Nipah virus, a form of HVD
Wikipedia contains a historical list of events for this virus with tons of resources.
What is a Zoanotic Disease?
Hendra virus is a zoonotic disease, which means it can transfer from animals to people. This reminds us of the swine flu and how virus can mutate and jump animal species to humans and then become contagious among human populations.
Signs and Symptoms of Hendra Virus Disease (HVD)
Even though only 3 people have been infected so far, we see a flu-like illness just like swine flu, starting with up to two week of fever with headache indicating inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) with fever and sleepiness. The virus attacks the central nervous system resulting in coma, seizures and upper respiratory failure. This disease must be cared for immediately because within one to two days the patient can go into a coma and die.
Signs and Symptoms of Hendra Virus Disease in Equine
Look for early warning signs of fever, increased heart rate and restlessness, difficulty breathing and/or weakness and neurological signs such as uncoordinated gait and muscle twitching, quickly leading to death in most cases.
Periodicity of Hendra Virus Disease
The time from exposure to a sick horse until the start of illness in humans has been between five and 21 days.
Climate Change Awakens The Hendra Virus Disease
Scientific America | Epidemic diseases in general have increased due to climate change. Nancy Bazilchuk posits that environmental stresses such as flooding, temperature changes, loss of habitat, change in plant and animal, loss of food sources, amount of rain, etc contribute to stress of the fruit eating bats, which in turn weakens them so that the virus inhabits more of their population. Then, when animals interact, the virus jumps to other species and spreads to larger and newer areas and populations.
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Sad to report that 2 more horses have died last week. A vet has also died in recent years after examining horses afflicted.
Dealing with horses that become ill must be so very frightening. Last year a dog was put down having tested positive for the virus but without signs of illness.
Accordind To Dr Shahrdar's research of Miasmatic remedies [Repertorium Virosum] the following is relevant
Main antimiasmatic remedies
Hello Jean. Thank you for reporting. Sorry to hear the recent results of this disease.