Conditions predict heightened Hendra virus spillover risk in horses this winter: actions now can change outcomes (Letter)

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Eby, P
Plowright, RK
McCallum, H
Peel, AJ
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2020
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Vast global efforts are currently focussed on mitigating the health and economic effects of the human COVID‐19 pandemic, which likely began due to a single spillover event from a wildlife source.1 While details surrounding this initial event are unknown, the broad diversity of betacoronaviruses and close similarity to SARS‐like coronaviruses in bats suggest that bats are the original reservoir host of the viral progenitor of SARS‐CoV‐2.1 This pandemic re‐emphasises the need to understand the drivers of viral emergence from bat reservoirs – if we can predict the conditions that precipitate viral spillover, then we can be more prepared to mitigate its consequences. Collective individual actions have the power to change predicted outcomes of infected disease transmission – as is currently being demonstrated in the current COVID‐19 pandemic.

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Australian Veterinary Journal

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98

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6

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Veterinary sciences

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Eby, P; Plowright, RK; McCallum, H; Peel, AJ, Conditions predict heightened Hendra virus spillover risk in horses this winter: actions now can change outcomes (Letter), Australian Veterinary Journal, 2020, 98 (6), pp. 270-271

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