Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CDHD: Two Rabid Bats Confirmed in Valley County

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Rabid bats have been discovered in two separate incidents within the last week in Valley County.

The Central District Health Department reports that a bat attacked itself to the life jacket of an adult female rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The woman was bitten when she swatted at the bat. The bat was tested positive for rabies by a State Laboratory. The woman was treated for rabies prevention.

In a second incident, a cat brought an injured bat into a home. The cat had been vaccinated against rabies, but remains under observation.

"If you have been bitten or scratched by a bat, it is vitally important that you call your health care provider immediately," said Kimberly Link, CDHD Program Manager of the Office of Communicable Disease. "Medical therapy administered to people after an animal bite is extremely effective in preventing rabies."

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