Friday, May 3, 2013

Protecting Our Loved Ones: Answers from an equine vet on the Hendra Virus


  1. Katharine Sharon’s peer review of Tarah Satalino’s article:

    This is a very thorough and thought-provoking article that highlights the many concerns horse owners in Australia and abroad have about Hendra virus. The Q&A with a veterinarian at the forefront of Hendra virus prevention offers a unique opportunity to see exactly how people who own horses can protect their
    animals and themselves. This is especially true since so much of the literature makes it seem nearly impossible to stop the transmission of Hendra virus from bats to horses and hence, horses to humans since humans are unknowingly infected as they treat their sick horses. This article provides simple ways for horse owners to safeguard their pets – from covering feed buckets to vaccinating their animals. It also reminds horse owners to take precautions to protect themselves when working with a sick horse
    that is exhibiting the clinical signs associated with Hendra virus. Very concise, informative and visually appealing, this article would be a must-read for any horse owner in Queensland or New South Wales, Australia.

  2. Comments from Charlie Alex:

    I thought this Q&A write-up was a great way to present a lot of useful, practical information for horse owners about the realities of Hendra virus prevalence and prevention. The article was thoughtful, well-written, visually appealing, and imaginative. The information was presented in a way that was simple and user-friendly, but contained a lot of useful advice about disease prevention and control. This kind of information - and this kind of presentation - can be very effective in encouraging basic biosecurity measures and promoting public health, without stirring up the sort of hysteria that might otherwise accompany a zoonotic disease outbreak. Nice work!

  3. Shauna Bartholomew's review of Tarah Satalino's article:
    This was a very organized and unique way of presenting the control and prevention measures necessary to decrease the risk of exposure to the Hendra Virus. I liked the idea of readers writing in to the veterinarian and having “Dr. Blankenship” give the advice. His answers were easy to understand and highlighted the important points. The information he gave was very useful and were all things the average horse owner could easily accomplish to help reduce the risk of a horse (or human) contracting the Hendra virus. He addressed the concerns of each reader individually, and was very factual in his information. I really liked the layout of the piece and the images were very effective in conveying the seriousness of the disease and providing additional information. It looks very professional. Great job!

  4. Tarah’s pamphlet and overview from the vet perspective was both well organized and enlightening. I thought the style of Q&A between the readers and the vet was both creative and informative. The Diagrams were both eye catching and an excellent summary of the information covered. The answers were given in the perfect blend of science with leigh-mans terms so that is was straight and to the point for all who read. Any concerns the readers might have had about the virus or bioterrorism both addressed and mollified. EXCELLENT JOB!