Saturday, 18 May 2013

First ever horse infection with Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV).

Having killed the 3 humans its infected since it was first isolated in 1996, the first recorded case of ABLV in a horse in the state of Queensland, Australia has been quickly acted upon.

Humans in contact with a horse that was put down last Saturday (11.05.13)have been offered treatment after test results on Friday 17.05.13 identified ABLV. There are 20 other horses on the property. This was the second horse euthanased from the same property although the first horse was not subjected to any testing. ABLV, 1 of 12 species of the genus Lyssavirus, family Rhabdoviridae, has been found in several bat species.

Rabies immunoglobulin can halt severe disease along with a course of rabies vaccine infections