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Riverland residents are being warned to avoid contact with bats, following two confirmed exposures of bats carrying the Australian Bat Lyssavirus in SA.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Communicable Disease Control Branch Director, Dr Louise Flood, said the latest exposures were the third time in SA that ABL had been confirmed in bats, with the first detected in 2012.

Dr Flood added “ABL is a rabies-like disease that can be transmitted to humans if they are bitten or scratched by an infected bat and if treatment is delayed until after the onset of symptoms, the condition is invariably fatal,”

In 2020 there were nine bat-human exposures in SA that required precautionary treatment.

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