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Be mindful of bats!

NOVEMBER 2017

Bats are common in our region and it is important to never come in to direct contact with bats or flying-foxes. Bats and flying-foxes can carry a potentially deadly virus which can be transmitted to humans, most likely through bites and scratches.

If bitten or scratched, immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least five minutes. Apply antiseptic if available and contact your GP immediately who will determine whether rabies vaccinations are required.

If you come across a bat or flying-fox that is injured or trapped, although you may be tempted to help it yourself, you should immediately call a wildlife rescue organisation for advice.

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