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New bat virus related to deadly Hendra discovered

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New bat virus related to deadly Hendra discoveredAustralian researchers have discovered a new bat virus they describe as a close relative to the hendra virus

They say the new virus could help shed light on how Hendra and related Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. Hendra is able to infect horses and, in seven known cases, people have caught the infection from horses. Four of them died as a result.

The new virus is named Cedar after the Queensland location where it was discovered.

Initial studies by scientists with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered one surprising key difference – the Cedar virus does not cause illness in several animal species normally susceptible to Hendra and Nipah.

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