Lyssaviruses are a group of viruses that includes rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV). Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) is a virus that can spread from bats to humans, causing serious illness.
ABLV is closely related to the rabies virus, which is another type of lyssavirus. Animals in Australia do not have rabies. ABLV can be transmitted from bats to humans via a bite or scratch from an infected bat.
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's ABLV page.
Surveillance and reporting
ABLV is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).
For more on ABLV in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.