With heat wave conditions affecting the Northern NSW area, and the likelihood it could affect any area, members of the public are reminded of some basic precautions if they come across flying-foxes affected by unusually high temperatures, or found alone, or caught in barbed wire or netting.
Never attempt to rescue any flying-fox yourself because of the slight possibility of the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) being transmitted to you. ABL can only be transmitted via the bat’s saliva into an open cut or direct into a human’s eyes, mouth or via mucous membranes.
Always call your local wildlife rescue group for a trained and vaccinated rescuer to help the animal. Your local group can be found on the Wildlife Rescue mobile phone App or on the website www.nwc.org.au.
From Bulahdelah to the top of the Kempsey Shire please call FAWNA’s 24 hour rescue line on 6581 4141.
If you are bitten or scratched always wash the area carefully and for a few minutes under running water and seek immediate medical attention. There is a vaccine available provided at no cost to you.