HEALTH NETWORK WARNS AGAINST HANDLING BATS

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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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