Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Idaho Girl Bitten By Bat Awaits Rabies Tests

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the 8-year-old granddaughter of one of its own employees was bitten by a bat Tuesday near Indian Creek in Caldwell. The girl, who was bitten on her leg, was rushed to the hospital, where she is waiting for test results to determine if she needs to be treated for rabies.

“Our protocol is if this bat is positive, we will work with the bite victim to get the appropriate treatment,” David Loper, environmental health director for Southwest District Health, told the Press-Tribune.

Between 1999 and 2006, health officials said an average of 18 bats per year tested positive for rabies in Idaho, approximately 10 percent of the bats tested. None has tested positive for rabies in Canyon County in 2012.

Meanwhile, three people in Washington state have been treated this year for exposure to rabid bats. In the most-recent case, last week in Snohomish County, a person was scratched on the arm by a bat.

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