The Status of Lyssaviruses in Bats of Australia and Melanesia
A collaborative project undertaken by the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, and supervised by Prof. Joanne MeersAustralian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) is the only known lyssavirus endemic to Oceania or the Pacific. Despite its emergence more than 20 years ago much remains unknown regarding ABLV epidemiology, particularly amongst microbat species. Given the geographic continuity of lyssaviruses with bat hosts around the world it is likely that additional ABLV or novel lyssaviruses may circulate amongst bat species in Australia and the Pacific region.
This project aims to shed light on the status of lyssaviruses in Australia and the Pacific region by:
This project addresses several gaps in knowledge regarding lyssavirus epidemiology in the region with implications for human and animal health, biosecurity, and travel medicine.
Research/Supervisory Team and Collaborators
Prof. Joanne Meers (University of Queensland)