Lincoln Flynn died in 2013 after contracting lyssavirus
Lincoln Flynn died in 2013 after contracting lyssavirus Contributed

'Lessons not learnt' from 2013 Mackay bat death

IN HIS fight to remove bats from a North Queensland town, federal MP Bob Katter has made reference to the 2013 death of Whitsunday boy Lincoln Flynn to lyssavirus.

The outspoken Member for Kennedy yesterday blasted the State Government for not doing more about the flying foxes in Charters Towers, after the issue saw a swimming pool, kindergarten, playgrounds and parks all closed.

He spoke of the diseases they carry including lyssavirus - which caused the death of Lincoln Flynn in 2013, and, he argued, "more undetected deaths every year due to incorrect diagnosis". 

"At least one North Qld doctor argues there is nearly a dozen deaths a year from leptospirosis wrongly diagnosed as bronchial disease," Mr Katter said.

"They have closed down our little mini zoo, our pool, kindergarten and the most terrible cruel death filmed on 60 Minutes of the boy in Mackay."

Lincoln was scratched by a bat in late 2012 but it wasn't until January in 2013 he started showing symptoms. He died in February.

After his death friends and family set up Lincoln's Lyssavirus Foundation to increase awareness about the disease.

But according to Mr Katter, there is still a lack of awareness about diseases that can be spread by bats.


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