Guest post by Erin O’Neill, Visiting Fellow at The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
1. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF HENDRA VIRUS
When most people think of Australia, they imagine long coastlines with beautiful beaches, magnificent deep red deserts, the Opera House and cuddly koalas and kangaroos. The more jelly-legged will profess a concern for sharks (of any kind), snakes, crocodiles, blue ringed octopus, funnel web spiders, jelly fish and possibly cassowaries.
They don’t think of one of the deadliest viruses that humanity has had to reckon with.