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Bats, pets and livestock

The disease risk to people, their pets and horses from the flying foxes is very small.

NSW health reports that there is no evidence of dog to human transmission of Hendra virus. According to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Victoria there have been no reports of illness in pets caused by eating deceased flying foxes. However, pets should be kept away from flying foxes if possible to reduce likelihood of scratches or bites. If a pet becomes sick after contact with a flying fox, seek advice from a veterinarian.

While activities to disperse the colony may increase the opportunity for contact between bats and domestic animals because displaced flying foxes may turn up in areas where they haven't been previously, the risks are still very small.

Find out more in the Department of Primary Industries’ fact sheet about bats and health risks.