HEALTH NETWORK WARNS AGAINST HANDLING BATS

We’re being warned not to touch or handle bats, with seven people in the Hunter region treated for bites and scratches already this year.

Hunter New England Health says a recent spate of warm weather has affected the health of bats, prompting people to pick them up off the ground in an attempt to rescue them.

The Health Authority warns a bat bite can lead to the deadly (LYE-SAH) Lyssavirus infection.

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