Bat carrying lethal Lyssavirus present in Brisbane sparking well being alert

“The tiny child bat was discovered underneath the bridge in Lakewood Avenue Park in Parkinson on Brisbane’s south aspect on Thursday, December 10,” Dr Vasant stated.

“It was taken into care by appropriately skilled and vaccinated carers. The bat, which subsequently died, was despatched for testing for ABLV and was discovered to be optimistic.

“We’ve got been in touch with these individuals who reported the bat when it was discovered, and people who cared for it to examine on the main points of any contact they’d with the bat and whether or not they had been vaccinated.

“It is rather essential to offer pressing therapy if anybody has had a scratch or chunk from a bat to stop a deadly illness.”

Dr Vasant stated members of the general public shouldn’t deal with bats, even when they appeared lifeless.

Australian Bat Lyssavirus causes paralysis, delirium, convulsions and demise.

If a rabies vaccine is given after publicity however earlier than an individual turns into unwell, it is going to forestall it.

Nonetheless, as soon as an individual develops the illness, there isn’t a particular therapy for Australian Bat Lyssavirus, based on Queensland Well being.

The virus was first recognized in 1996 and has been present in 4 sorts of flying foxes or fruit bats and one species of insect-eating microbat. It’s assumed any bat in Australia might carry the virus.

If a sick or injured bat is discovered, the RSPCA ought to be contacted on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or an area bat care organisation.