Health risks and flying-foxes

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Health risks and flying-foxes

NSW Government Health states that there is no risk to the community from the flying-foxes providing that no handling or direct contact occurs. Even though a small percentage of flying-foxes may carry the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) a vaccine is available which, if administered immediately following a bite or scratch, can prevent the virus from developing. For further information on flying-foxes and health visit NSW Government Health - Flying-foxes and health.

Ecology of Flying-foxes

Information on the ecology of grey-headed flying foxes/protection status from Department of the Environment

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