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  • Australian bat lyssavirus infection is a rare but highly fatal disease that affects the central nervous system.
  • Australian bat lyssavirus is related to the rabies virus.
  • It is spread to people from infected bats.
  • People should not attempt to handle bats unless appropriately trained and vaccinated.
  • Vaccination is recommended for people with an increased risk of contact with bats.
  • If exposed to a potentially infected bat, wash the wound and seek medical care urgently. Treatment with vaccine and immunoglobulin may be recommended.

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Reviewed on: 12-05-2023