New Farm resident Carolyn Martin was hanging out a towel on her balcony in September 2011 when three flying foxes attacked her. One bat wrapped itself around an ankle and the other two flew around her face. She said that one bat scratched her foot and another spat in her face. Bats, or flying foxes to be precise, can carry the Lyssa virus and when they are aggressive to humans this is a sign they might carry that virus, and Carolyn had to get a lot of injections over the next month. The year before three men from Gladstone were also attacked and bitten by bats carrying the virus, but since the lyssa virus has become known amongst doctors nobody in Australia has died from it anymore.