Mum's grief over son's death from lyssavirus
THE mother of a Cairns boy who died from lyssavirus has spoken of her "amazing" son.
The eight-year-old had been in the intensive care unit at the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane for the past three weeks after developing encephalitis, swelling of the brain, as a result of the rare bat-borne virus.
It is believed he was bitten or scratched by an infected bat or flying fox two and a half months ago while holidaying in the Whitsundays.
"Quite simply the lyssavirus is a nasty, hideous virus and no one should be subjected to its effects," the boy's mother, who wished to remain unnamed, said.
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Grief: a mother has expressed her grief after her 8-year-old son died of lyssavirus, after he was bitten or scratched by a flying fox while on holidays in the Whitsundays.