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Staying Safe Around Bats

Bats, including flying foxes, are native throughout Australia and play an important role in the ecosystem. Grey-headed Flying-Foxes and other bat species can carry a rabies-type infection called Australian Bat Lyssavirus.

People should not touch bats unless properly trained and vaccinated. Any contact with bats requires urgent medical attention.

Further information can be viewed at Public Health Fact Sheet #705 Staying safe around Bats(279 kb)