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Challenges in postexposure prophylaxis of a vaccinated bat carer

Heidi J Carroll, Bradley J McCall, David Looke and Bruce Fraser
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): 323-324. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10776
Published online: 19 September 2011

To the Editor: Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) has the potential to cause fatal encephalitis in humans exposed to infection through bat bites or scratches. There is no cure for rabies currently available, so postexposure prophylaxis with rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin is recommended following potential human exposure, such as after bites or scratches.

  • Heidi J Carroll1
  • Bradley J McCall2
  • David Looke3
  • Bruce Fraser4

  • 1 Logan and West Moreton Public Health Unit, Ipswich, QLD.
  • 2 Brisbane Southside Public Health Unit, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 4 Primary Medical and Dental Centre, Browns Plains, Brisbane, QLD.


Acknowledgements: 

We thank Frederick Moore for testing of the bat.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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