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November 9th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Bats & Rabies

in: General

I was listening to This American Life which told a horror story, in honor of Halloween, about a woman who got attacked by a rabid racoon. Then Ira Glass starting talking about rabid bats. Did you know that you can get bit by a bat and not know it? I didn’t, and I didn’t quite believe Ira, either. Urban legend, what?

It seems that it is indeed true.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES GUIDE TO PROPER HANDLING OF BAT EXPOSURES
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

My SILs had a bat in the house. They called someone to have it removed. I thought this was a good idea, but now, I think it’s a really, really good idea.

If you find a bat in your house, it’s a VERY good idea to catch it and have it tested for rabies, especially if it has been in the house while someone was sleeping. If you can’t catch it, and that sleeping clause applies, I’d get the rabies treatment.

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