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Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus

  • Members noted the evidence indicating that rabies virus can remain viable in a dead animal for several days. ATAGI endorsed minor changes to the rabies chapter for the 2017 update of the Handbook to reflect a risk assessment approach to rabies post-exposure prophylaxis after handling dead animals.
  • Members noted the large number of bat deaths around Australia due to recent heatwaves, and emphasised that members of the public should not touch the bats because of the potential risk of disease transmission.