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DUE to the presence of European bat lyssavirus type 2 (EBLV-2) in British bats, the APHA continues to test dead bats submitted by veterinary surgeons, the Bat Conservation Trust and members of the public. Most bat species in the British Isles are not associated with infection with lyssaviruses, although identification of individual species can be difficult (Banyard and others 2011). All bat species are protected by law and should not be disturbed. Further advice can be obtained from the Bat Conservation Trust (www.bats.org.uk/) or the UK government's website (www.gov.uk/guidance/rabies-in-bats). In August 2016, two bats that had been found at sites in the north of England tested positive for EBLV-2.
The first bat was found by two members of the public on August 5 in west Yorkshire. The bat was alive but showed signs of being undernourished and dehydrated. It was offered milk formula and mealworms, but subsequently died in captivity on August 8 and was received for testing at the APHA on …
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