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"Don't touch dead bats" QLD Health warns

Queensland Health warns of the dangers of touching dead bats.
Queensland Health warns of the dangers of touching dead bats. Max Fleet

QUEENSLAND Health is reminding people not to touch or handle bats that are unwell or have died this week as a result of the extreme temperatures across the state.  

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said on Tuesday (Jan 07) Queensland Health had already seen a 250% increase in the number of people reporting exposure to bat bites and scratches since the beginning of last year.  

"If you find a bat it is very important not to touch it because of the risk of infection with Australian bat lyssavirus," she said.  

"Some bats may appear dead but they are not and when people have attempted to remove them they have been bitten or scratched.  

"Bats also have a claw on their wings which is a frequent cause of injury."  

Dr Young said if you are concerned about a bat that you think is dead, or if it appears injured, you should contact the

RSPCA or your local wildlife group for advice on how to safely remove it.  

Residents are being urged to contact their local council who are will assist them in removing dead bats from their property.  

Topics:  bats lyssavirus queensland health



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