The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Tuesday, May 15 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Managing the risk of human exposures to ABLV

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This presentation aims to provide veterinarians with knowledge and approaches they can use to minimise the risk of death due to Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) to themselves, their staff, clients and their pets. ABLV is a rabies-like virus endemic in Australian bats that has spilled-over to cause an invariably fatal encephalitis in humans (n=3) and horses (n=2). Due to the similarities with rabies virus, it is assumed that any adequately exposed mammal would develop clinical disease and would pose a risk of secondary transmission to humans and others. While ABLV is present in less than 1% of all free-living bats; it is more common (5-10%) in the sick, injured or orphaned bats that bat carers, veterinarians, and pets are more likely to come into contact with. A pet, typically a dog or cat, that is known or suspected to have had contact with a bat may have been infected with ABLV – and is at risk of developing fatal clinical disease and of transmitting ABLV to others. Selection of the most appropriate actions for a potentially exposed pet should be made on a case-by-case basis. Veterinarians need to be able to assess ABLV risk and provide information that allows owners to make informed decisions about the most appropriate options for their circumstances. Risk mitigation options include: pre-exposure vaccination, avoiding being bitten or scratched by a bat, determining whether exposure to ABLV has occurred by testing the bat or observing the bat for 10 days, post-exposure vaccination, euthanasia of the pet and/or monitoring and reporting onset of clinical disease in animals. Only rabies-vaccinated people who are experienced in handling bats and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment should rescue or examine a bat or other animal suspected of ABLV infection. If potentially exposed to ABLV via a bite or scratch - immediately wash the wound and seek urgent medical advice.

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Janine Barrett

Principal Veterinary Scientist, Biosecurity Queensland
Janine is a Principal Veterinary Scientist (Surveillance) with Biosecurity Queensland and has been involved in policy development for a number of significant zoonotic diseases including Hendra virus, Australian bat lyssavirus and rabies. She did her PhD on Australian Bat lyssavirus... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre