Specific Disease Studies

Australian Bat Lyssavirus

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Ben Whitten

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What is the Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL)?
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Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL), is a zoonotic disease closely related to the rabies virus.

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What is the life cycle of the ABL?
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  1. The virus injects its genetic material into the host's cell

  2. The host cell machinery and genetic material are "hijacked", and are used to produce new viral particles

  3. Lysis occurs, releasing the new virus particles

  4. New viral particles infect other cells, repeating the cycle

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What is the mode of transmission?
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  • Zoonoses; from a bat to human via a scratch or a bite, where bat saliva enters the human bloodstream

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What is the impact on the host?
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  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever and aching

  • Paralysis

  • Delirium

  • Convulsions

  • Death

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