Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell has defended the State Government's efforts to control flying fox numbers after a boy contracted the deadly bat-borne disease lyssavirus.
The eight-year-old boy remains in a critical but stable condition at a Brisbane hospital after he fell ill about three weeks ago.
The incident has prompted Federal MP Bob Katter to accuse the State Government of breaking a pre-election promise to do something about bat colonies in Queensland.
But Mr Powell says those claims are incorrect and he has urged the community to remain calm.
"Most people want reassurance and let me again reassure people, bat-borne diseases are very rare - lyssavirus is even rarer - three cases in the last 20 years," he said.
"It's a tragedy what's occurred to the young child, but they are very rare and it's even more rare if people take the advice to stay away from flying foxes - alive or dead."
Mr Powell says the Government has been working to control flying fox numbers.
"In terms of urban mangament of flying fox roosts, we're delivering it all over the state," he said.
"We've worked with the Central Highlands regional council, we've worked with Mayor Tony McGrady with Mount Isa city council, we're working with Mayor Frank Beveridge in Charters Towers regional council.
"They've asked for two damage mitigation permits to date - we've approved both."
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