There have been dogs tested previously that were exposed to the virus they tested negative. Certainly the bats going from 30% to 70% infection rate has a lot to do with the outbreaks. I guess everyone should make sure they take hygine precuations when dealing with any animal. If you don't get exposed to mucous or blood you are unlikely to get it. WA people are lucky to be protected by low populations of bats and the Nullabor Plain. It still scares me though!