Australian bat lyssavirus

Merritt, Tony, Taylor, Kathryn, Cox-Witton, Keren, Field, Hume, Wingett, Kate, Mendez, Diana, Power, Michelle and Durrheim, David (2018) Australian bat lyssavirus. Australian Journal of General Practice, 47 3: 93-96.

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Author Merritt, Tony
Taylor, Kathryn
Cox-Witton, Keren
Field, Hume
Wingett, Kate
Mendez, Diana
Power, Michelle
Durrheim, David
Title Australian bat lyssavirus
Journal name Australian Journal of General Practice
ISSN 2208-7958
Publication date 2018-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 93
End page 96
Total pages 4
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Abstract Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) causes human illness that is indistinguishable from classical rabies. All Australian bats have the potential to carry and transmit ABLV, and potentially risky human exposures to bats are common. ABLV infection has resulted in three human deaths in Australia since 1996.

The aim of this article is to equip general practitioners (GPs) to assist in the prevention and management of potential ABLV exposures in Australia, including complex clinical scenarios that are not fully addressed in current national guidelines.

Potential ABLV exposures are frequently encountered in general practice. GPs play a critical role in risk mitigation for groups such as veterinarians and wildlife carers, and in triggering urgent multidisciplinary responses to potential exposures. Timely notification of the public health unit following a potential exposure is crucial to ensure appropriate assessment and access to correct treatment. Complex exposure scenarios require careful consideration.
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