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  • Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) is closely related to the rabies virus.
  • ABLV is transmitted by the saliva of infected animals either through bites or scratches, or being exposed to saliva via the eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin.
  • The most effective prevention measure is to avoid handling bats.
  • If bitten or scratched by a bat, thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.

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Reviewed on: 20-01-2017