Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 11, 2019, 12:52 PM GMT By Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies. The Indiana State Department of Health says anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around at the Pacers game Thursday in Indianapolis is urged to contact the department or a health care provider about receiving rabies vaccinations. The game was against the Los Angeles Clippers. The department says the rabies status of the bat, which is no longer inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is unknown. Health officials say a person is considered potentially exposed to rabies only if direct contact occurs between a bat and the person's bare skin. So far there have been no reports of anyone having direct contact with the bat. … [Read more...] about Fans at Pacers game who had contact with bat face rabies exposure
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Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Published 5:30 am CDT, Friday, May 12, 2006 An Humble High School sophomore died this afternoon, eight days after being hospitalized for a rabies infection believed to have been caused by a bat. Zach Jones died about 4:55 p.m., according to Texas Children's Hospital, where he had been in an induced coma for several days. Doctors were treating Jones with a similar combination of sedation and antiviral drugs that helped cure a Milwaukee girl in 2004. The girl, Jeanna Giese, is the only known unvaccinated survivor of a rabies infection. This evening, the hospital issued a statement announcing Jones' death: "The family wishes to express its thanks to the community for their prayers and support." Hours before, his fellow players on the Humble Wildcat team spent the end of their practice in tearful prayers, still holding out hope before school was out that a miracle would happen and he would live. "We were told he had only hours left. But … [Read more...] about Humble teen infected with rabies dies
Bat activity has increased in recent weeks and the Erie County Department of Health reminds people to avoid any physical contact with bats, as they may carry the rabies virus. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in humans and other mammals. A person may contract it from an infected animal bite, scratch, or saliva exposure. Rabies-infected wildlife, such as bats and raccoons, carry rabies and transmit infection, without necessarily a bite. “Even a minor scratch or simply touching an infected animal may be enough to transmit the rabies virus from animal to human,” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said in a news release. “Bat bites may not be noticed because bat teeth are very tiny and razor sharp and may be no larger than a needle prick. Any direct contact with a bat or other potentially rabies infected wildlife should be considered a possible rabies exposure. ... Since rabies is nearly always fatal, it is important to take aggressive … [Read more...] about Uptick in bat activity brings warning of rabies threat
Public Health Insider has reported on multiple incidents of human/bat interactions this summer – a bat in a park bathroom, a bat at an equestrian center and a bat near Husky Stadium. Statewide, bat-human encounters broke a record this spring. So what are the essential 5 things to know about bats? Read on: 1. Anyone who touches or has contact with a bat is at risk of getting rabies. In Washington state, the bat is the only known source of rabies. Call Public Health at 206-296-4774 or seek medical evaluation immediately if you could have been touched by a bat. 2. If you wake up in a room or a tent and there is a bat in it, DO NOT LET THE BAT GO. Bats have very small teeth, so it’s possible to have been bitten and not know it. Treatment to prevent rabies may be needed if a bat is found in a room with anyone who is: Sleeping An unattended child Mentally or physically challenged, or Intoxicated Capture the bat in a box and call Public Health to get the bat tested for … [Read more...] about 5 things to know about bats and rabies
Why is rabies so scary? Because the virus is 100 percent fatal for people and animals who do not get timely medical attention. A couple of people in the United States die each year from a rabies infection, usually because they’ve been bitten or scratched by an animal and didn’t seek medical attention soon enough. What animals in Idaho carry the rabies virus? In Idaho, the main carrier animal is the bat, but rabies also has been found in other wild and domestic animals. In other states, raccoons, skunks, and foxes are also natural carriers of the virus. All animals that are mammals should be considered potentially rabid if they bite, scratch, or expose people to their saliva. How common is it in Idaho? We average about 16 rabid bat reports a year in our state. Last year, we had 15, and they were pretty well scattered across the state. Even though most bats don’t carry the disease, you can’t always tell if they are sick, so you should always avoid them if you … [Read more...] about Rabies in Idaho: Handle bats with care (and very thick gloves)!