If this is an emergency, please call 000 immediately.
What is a bat bite or scratch?
In Australia, flying foxes or other bats can carry lyssavirus (also known as ABLV: Australian bat lyssavirus) which is potentially fatal.
These animals must never be handled by people who are not trained to handle wildlife, even if the animal is injured.
This guide is regularly updated and aligns with the current edition of Australian First Aid (4th edition, 7/2011)
Signs and Symptoms
- Stinging or needle prick sensation
What to do
Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
Seek medical aid, regardless of the site or severity of the wound.
- A protective vaccine can be administered even after the bite.