Equine Divide

Anti-vaxxers in Australia are rearing up against a vaccine for Hendra, an agonizing disease as lethal as Ebola that mainly infects horses but can spread to humans. The equine vaccine is proven safe and effective against Hendra—spread by abundant fruit bats in the "Hendra hot zone"—yet Australian horse owners are still viciously divided on whether or not to vaccinate.

Misinformation and cost (a strain for rural livestock owners) are two primary deterrents for the equine anti-vaxxers. "People are very complex," says disease ecologist Raina Plowright. "You can’t roll out a vaccine and think everything will be okay."

The Atlantic

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