CDC Warned Residents in Katherine/Australia to Stay Away from Fruit Bats

 March 2012 Last updated at 05:34 GMT

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 Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats like these arrived in the town in late February
Continue reading the main story A town in northern Australia has been invaded by more than 250,000 bats, prompting warnings of a potentially fatal disease related to rabies.

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.