Journal article

The Hendra virus vaccine: perceptions regarding the role of antibody titre testing

RS Barrett, A Wiethoelter, K Halpin

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To elucidate veterinarians' and horse owners' perceptions towards the use of Hendra virus (HeV) antibody titre testing and how it influences veterinary advice. METHODS: Six semi-structured phone interviews were conducted with veterinarians who have submitted samples for HeV antibody titre testing. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed to identify and report common themes within the data. RESULTS: Veterinarians are predominantly using the titre tests as an alternative to vaccination due to clients' fear of vaccine reactions. The high cost of titre testing, the difficulty interpreting titre results and a lack of titre test recognition by authorities were t..

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