Healthy Bats, Healthy Horses, Healthy Humans
This Zoom webinar aired March 8, 2023, as part of the "Shared Planet, Shared Health" series.
Hendra virus spreads from flying foxes, to horses, and sometimes from horses to humans. The ecology of this transmission route involves an intricate interplay between the environment, bats, horses, and humans that has fascinated researchers since the virus was first characterized in 1994. Our understanding on when and why Hendra outbreaks occur has become clearer, and provides insights into how preserving bat habitats can reduce infections in horses and humans.
In this video, wildlife disease ecologist and veterinarian Dr. Alison Peel discusses the ecology of Hendra virus spillover and shares some intriguing new research with big implications for how caring for the environment could help prevent disease spillovers in our shared planet.
Moderator: Ashley Peery, educator for the exhibition Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Webinar Series: Shared Planet, Shared Health
Our virtual "Shared Planet, Shared Health" programs spotlight leading research on the interconnection between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and their shared environment. These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.