I am so upset. I knew the chances were slim but I thought these days he may have a chance:cry: God Bless his little soul An eight-year-old boy has died in a Brisbane hospital after contracting the Australian bat lyssavirus. The boy fell ill about three weeks ago after being bitten or scratched by a bat in north Queensland in December. Queensland Health says he died late on Friday afternoon in Brisbane's Mater Hospital. His family and close friends have been given post-exposure drugs as a precaution. Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young says there is no benefit to anyone knowing more details about where it happened. But the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says the details of where the boy had contact with the bat should be made public. "I'd be expecting they would be released but I don't think that's ultimately the issue here right now," he said. "It's about protecting the family and their privacy. "But the clear message from Qld Health is people just shouldn't be touching bats unless they are a trained wildlife expert." Mr Newman has sent his condolences to the boy's family. Australian bat lyssavirus, which is closely related but not identical to the rabies virus, was first discovered in 1996. The boy is the third confirmed fatality related to the virus. A woman died after being bitten on the finger while trying to remove a flying fox from a child. An animal carer has also been killed. There is no treatment for bat lyssavirus, which results in paralysis, delirium, convulsions and death. Queensland Health says the best protection is to avoid handling flying foxes.