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). pp. 93-96.

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Abstract

Background: 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.

Objective: 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.

Discussion: 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.

Item ID: 53043
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: Australian bat lyssavirus; post-exposure management; public health
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 03:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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