ABLV is known to be transmitted from an infected, sick bat via a bite or deep scratch. Although being extremely rare, ABLV is related to rabies and can therefore cause a deadly disease if not treated instantly. A post exposure vaccination is available and is most effective when administered as soon as possible after the incident occured.
- thoroughly rinse the bite/scratch with water and apply an antiseptic
- seek urgent medical attention
- report the incident immediately to Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
If you found a bat on the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, or Logan area, call BatsQLD 0447 222 889 or RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) to have a trained rescuer sent out who can safely handle the bat. NEVER TOUCH A BAT or attempt to handle it yourself!
To date, there is no evidence for a direct transmission of the Hendra virus from a bat to a human. However, Hendra can be transmitted to humans from an infected horse. There is no risk of contracting ABLV or Hendra by living close to a bat colony or by bats visiting your backyard.