Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bat rescuers found

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The young man and woman who brought a rabid bat to the humane society on Aug. 15 have been found.

The pair were being sought by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, whose officials were concerned that the two may have been bitten or scratched while attempting to rescue the sick bat. If the bat's saliva entered the bodies of the young people, they could have been infected. Rabies is deadly once a person begins to show symptoms — which can take anywhere from a week to a year.

Health department representatives expressed relief that the two were found, and said the pair will receive shots that will prevent rabies infection if needed.

“We are relieved that we are able to conduct a proper investigation of this situation,” Marigny Klaber, M.S., communicable disease epidemiologist for the Health Department, said in a press release.

Bats are one of the major carriers of rabies in the U.S.
  • Bats are one of the major carriers of rabies in the U.S.

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