Boy critically ill with bat virus

Last updated 15:43 15/02/2013

Relevant offers


Harvard debate team lose to prison inmates Journalist Hana Mahameed returns to reporting hours after being wounded Hunt family murders: witness describes final night at Australian home Australian police arrest four over suspected 'terrorism' murder of Curtis Cheng United Nations launches Kickstarter campaign to help Syrian refugees US to release 6000 inmates from prisons John Key's drama filled Iraq visit included potential security breach Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship El Faro Thousands form human peace sign to honour John Lennon in NYC Photos: Prime Minister's secret mission to Iraq

An eight-year-old boy is in a coma after catching the bat Lyssavirus - only the third ever confirmed case in Australia.

The boy was bitten or scratched by a bat in north Queensland about two and half months ago but his parents did not know about it at the time, according to Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.

The boy began having fits about three weeks ago and was diagnosed with the virus, which is similar to rabies.

The boy is in a coma in a Brisbane hospital, with Dr Young calling the case "very sad".

It is only the third confirmed case of bat Lyssavirus in Australia so far, with the other two diagnosed in Queensland in the 1990s.

In the earlier cases, both patients died.

Ad Feedback

- FFX Aus


Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content