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Australian bat lyssavirus infection: a second human case, with a long incubation period

Jeffrey N Hanna, Ian K Carney, Greg A Smith, Joseph E Deverill, John A Botha, Ina L Serafin, Bruce J Harrower, Peter F Fitzpatrick and Jeffrey W Searle
Med J Aust 2000; 172 (12): 597-599.

In December 1998, a 37-year-old Queensland woman died from a rabies-like illness, 27 months after being bitten by a flying fox (fruit bat). Molecular techniques enabled diagnosis of infection with Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL), the second human case to be recognised and the first to be acquired from a flying fox. It must be assumed that any bat in Australia could transmit ABL; anyone bitten or scratched by a bat should immediately wash the wounds thoroughly with soap and water and promptly seek medical advice.

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  • Jeffrey N Hanna
  • Ian K Carney
  • Greg A Smith
  • Joseph E Deverill
  • John A Botha
  • Ina L Serafin
  • Bruce J Harrower
  • Peter F Fitzpatrick
  • Jeffrey W Searle


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