Specific Disease Studies
Australian Bat Lyssavirus
What is the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL)?
Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL), is a zoonotic disease closely related to the rabies virus.
What is the life cycle of the ABL?
The virus injects its genetic material into the host's cell
The host cell machinery and genetic material are "hijacked", and are used to produce new viral particles
Lysis occurs, releasing the new virus particles
New viral particles infect other cells, repeating the cycle
What is the mode of transmission?
Zoonoses; from a bat to human via a scratch or a bite, where bat saliva enters the human bloodstream
What is the impact on the host?
Flu-like symptoms such as fever and aching