A curious finding - probable asymptomatic Australian bat lyssavirus infection

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Saturday, 23 November, 2013

Although Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) can kill humans, it appears that every infection may not result in death. In a paper just published THS Director, Rick Speare, and colleagues report the unusual finding of antibodies against ABLV in a bat carer. The carer had no symptoms, had not traveled overseas and had not been vaccinated against rabies. This finding raises the possibility that ABLV may have caused an asymptomatic infection. A lucky escape!

This opportunistic finding illustrates that more studies are needed to understand the interaction between ABLV and humans.

Reference:
Speare R, Luly J, Reimers J, Durrheim D, Lunt R. Antibodies to Australian bat lyssavirus in an asymptomatic bat carer. Internal Medicine Journal 2013;43(11):1256–1257. DOI: 10.1111/imj.12276

Posted by Rick Speare