Cattle Egret and mammals

To: "Marian" <>
Subject: Cattle Egret and mammals
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 22:53:46 +1000
Hi Marian,
Thanks for the warning about bats but I am fully aware of the potential for bats to be infected with lyssavirus and, as I handle microbats in my work, have received the anti-rabies injections - weren't they fun!
We have to be careful not to over-react to the slight possibility of a particular bat being infected as there is a fair amount of paranoia in the general community and this is totally unwarranted.  People working with bats are the most at risk and this is a very small risk, but nevertheless should not be ignored.  The general public have very little chance of coming into contact with an infected bat.  Two people have died from lyssavirus in Australia, none since the inoculations have been given.  There are many human borne diseases that kill many more people each year.  We need to keep it in perspective and not consider bats as disease- ridden vermin, as some of my neighbours believe.
A little off birds but bats do have wings!
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