Residents cautioned after contagious bat detected the Gold Coast

Gold Coasters have been put on sharp after a bat was found to be contaminated with an illness that’s possibly fatal to

people. A red flying fox was recuperated from Albert Park on Monaco Street in Broadbeach and also given that tested favorable for the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV).

It was found on Wednesday, February 3 around 4.00 pm.


Anyone who may have had call with this bat is now being prompted to reach the medical professional and also inquire to contact the general public Health Unit instantly.

Public Health Physician Dr Vicki Slinko says the ABLV infection can be deadly to human beings.

“The bat was located just off the pathway at the north end of the Albert Waterways Park near the underpass for Monaco St at about 4 pm on Wednesday, 3 February.

“It was taken into treatment by properly trained and also immunized carers.

“The sick bat was checked for ABLV as well as was discovered to be positive. This result was notified to Queensland Health and also appropriate follow-up was undertaken by the Gold Coast Public Health Unit.

“We have actually touched with those individuals that reported the bat when it was found, and those that took care of it, to examine the information of any contact they had with the bat and also whether they were vaccinated.

“Once the bat was saved, it was just dealt with by experienced and also vaccinated carers.

“It is really crucial to provide immediate treatment if anyone has had a scratch or attack from a bat to stop a dangerous condition,” she said.

Gold Coasters are being advised that bats need to not be managed by participants of the general public under any kind of situations also if they appear dead.