Lyssavirus

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Appropriate Tests

Lyssavirus is closely related to the classic rabies virus. The infection is transmitted to humans by bites or scratches from infected flying foxes or bats. Vaccines and post-exposure treatments are effective, but the simplest form of prevention is to avoid handling bats.

Safely secure the bat wearing protective gloves and overalls to prevent injury to collector (if possible) for testing.  Send human CSF, serum and saliva for testing.

See also Infections in returned travellers, Fever and neurological symptoms.