CDC Warned Residents in Katherine/Australia to Stay Away from Fruit Bats
March 2012 Last updated at 05:34 GMT www.bbc.co.uk
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Bats in northern Australian
town prompt disease warning
Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats
like these arrived in the town in late February
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) warned residents in Katherine to stay away from the fruit bats, which could carry the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
The disease can be transmitted to people if they are bitten or scratched.
Authorities have closed down the main sports ground in the town 300 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.