A Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) infected with European Bat Lyssavirus type-2 (EBLV-2) has been reported in the United Kingdom (UK). This is the third bat in the UK from which EBLV-2 has been isolated. Previous UK cases of rabies in bats were in 1996 and 2002. All three of the infected bats were Daubenton's bats. The challenge for professionals involved in prevention is to raise awareness in the general public of the small risk to human health from UK bats without creating a fear of bats, which are an important part of UK natural heritage and protected by law. Awareness also needs to be raised in health professionals.
Auteur : Crowcroft N, Fooks A
Eurosurveillance. European communicable disease quarterly, 2004, vol. 9, n°. 3, p. 25-6