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Post Info TOPIC: Bat warning issued after officials detect three cases of lyssavirus in Queensland


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Bat warning issued after officials detect three cases of lyssavirus in Queensland


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-09/queensland-bat-with-lyssavirus-found-in-east-brisbane/13044518

"Three bats have tested positive to Australian lyssavirus in Queensland in recent weeks, prompting health officials to renew their warnings not to handle injured animals."

 



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Hi Dorian, thanks for putting the link to the article up

I would have thought that due to Covid-19, being associated with bats

The only way to touch a bat, would be from the very end, of a long handle shovel

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Australian bats don't carry the Covid-19 virus. Any association is myth. Like other mammals (including humans) they do carry some coronavirus forms but none are life-threatening. Lyssavirus is transmitted though bites and that's why contact should be avoided. Hendra virus shouldn't be an issue with a vaccine available to equine owners. Nothing wrong with bats per se and humans gain more from bats than they might stand to lose.

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Thanks for that info, dabbler

I will have a good day today, as I have learned something new

I had assumed that bats were bats, I now know different, after a bit of research (err surfing the net)

As you have rightly pointed out, Australian bats will only be a problem, if they scratch or bite you

Then it would be prudent to get to the hospital, for a shot, just in case it was infected with lyssavirus





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