Alert: Bat scratches and bites need urgent attention

This follows the case of an eight-year-old Queensland boy diagnosed with Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) infection two months after being bitten or scratched by a bat.

NSW Health advised last week people presenting with a recent bat bite or scratch should be told to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and running water for at least five minutes, followed by the application of an antiseptic containing povidone-iodine or alcohol. The person should then receive rabies immunoglobulin and a course of rabies vaccine. 

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