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BAT WARNING!

By johnboy - 11 September 2012 11

bats!

Is there anything better than a Bat Warning?

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said today that in the past week the ACT Health Directorate has received a number of requests for anti-rabies treatment for people who have been bitten or scratched by bats. These injuries have occurred when people are picking up bats that appear injured.

Only vaccinated people who have been trained in the care of bats should handle them. Anyone who comes across an injured bat should contact the RSPCA on 6287 8113, or call the afterhours wildlife rescue officer on 0413 495 031. If you see an injured bat, do not touch it or pick it up and avoid direct contact with bat saliva.

“Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL) is spread by the saliva of infected animals through bites, scratches or licks on broken skin. Bats with ABL may appear sick or be unnaturally aggressive but this is not always the case,” Dr Kelly said

“Touching bats or coming into contact with their urine, faeces or blood will not transmit ABL but may expose you to other viruses or bacteria that cause human disease.

“If you are bitten, scratched or licked by a bat it is important to wash the wound or area thoroughly, for about five minutes, with soap and water. If available, an antiseptic or alcohol solution should be applied after washing.

“If saliva from a bat went into your eyes, nose or mouth flush well with water. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

“All Australian bats have the potential to carry the Australian Bat Lyssavirus, which is in the same virus family as rabies and, can be fatal in humans, therefore it is recommended that people avoid contact with all bats,” Dr Kelly said.

[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

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11 Responses to
BAT WARNING!
shauno 4:42 pm 11 Sep 12

We cant stop here this is bat country

Jivrashia 4:31 pm 11 Sep 12

I think it’s the wings that causes misconception among people about bats.

Let’s make it clear: BATS ARE RATS WITH WINGS.

Would you touch a dead/dying rat? No? Then why should you touch a bat?

poetix 4:28 pm 11 Sep 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

johnboy said :

Personally I think Canberra needs the dog signal.

the Monaghan?

Have you already forgotten Dogman and his lead of lethality?

astrojax 3:59 pm 11 Sep 12

holy lickspittle batman, is someone robin peter to pay paul?

colourful sydney rac 3:51 pm 11 Sep 12

johnboy said :

Personally I think Canberra needs the dog signal.

the Monaghan?

johnboy 3:46 pm 11 Sep 12

Personally I think Canberra needs the dog signal.

Primal 3:43 pm 11 Sep 12

Bat warnings should only be put out via a Bat Signal. Maybe we could mount one on top of the new ASIO building?

breda 11:47 am 11 Sep 12

“If you are bitten, scratched or licked by a bat it is important to wash the wound or area thoroughly, for about five minutes, with soap and water. If available, an antiseptic or alcohol solution should be applied after washing.

“If saliva from a bat went into your eyes, nose or mouth flush well with water. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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So, no rough sex with bats, then? Damn killjoy nanny-staters!

PBO 11:02 am 11 Sep 12

We can’t stop here, this is bat country!

sarahsarah 11:01 am 11 Sep 12

They’re in my hair! THEY’RE IN MY HAIR!

bd84 10:53 am 11 Sep 12

An outbreak of people running around going nananananana!

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