Man bitten on hand by bat rushed to hospital

A MAN has been taken to hospital after he was reportedly bitten by a bat in Dalby last night.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics were called to the corner of Bunya and Myall Sts about 11.30pm.

QAS reports a "young adult male" was taken to Dalby Hospital in a stable condition after he was bitten on the hand by a bat.

The type of bat is unknown.

Bats carry the potentially deadly lyssavirus which is a disease similar to rabies.

Darling Downs Public Health Unit director Dr Penny Hutchinson in December issued a warning for people to stay clear of the winged animals and to avoid touching them.

Anyone exposed to bats - either bitten or touched by then - should seek immediately medical advice and undergo post-exposure treatment.

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