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Diseases and infection prevention

Bats and human health

Bats and flying foxes may carry bacteria and viruses which can be harmful to humans.

Although the risk of infection is low, people should avoid handling these animals.

If you find an injured bat or flying fox, contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (1300 130 372), RSPCA (1300 ANIMAL) or your local wildlife care group/rescuer/carer for assistance. Do not attempt to assist the animal yourself.

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Last Updated: 02 September 2014
Last Reviewed: 12 February 2013