Lyssavirus alert: authorities warn against handling bats

Drought is leading to an influx of stressed and dying bats to more populous areas
Fruit bat

Health authorities in drought-hit states are warning GPs of an increase in patients encountering bats and receiving bites or scratches that might expose them to the deadly lyssavirus.

Queensland Health has issued a public alert after a 30% increase in the number of notifications of bat and flying fox wounds in the state compared with last year.