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Washington Child Bitten by Rabid Bat

Filed in National Health News 7/13/15 at 11:19 am     1648     KREM (Spokane, WA)

Washington State Public Health Laboratories confirmed Wednesday that a bat, which bit a child on July 4 at Liberty Lake Regional Park, tested positive for rabies.

Officials said the child and the mother, who was not bit, had contact with the bat and are both receiving vaccines for rabies. Health experts told KREM 2 News this is the first case of a rabid bat in Spokane County in 18 years.

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Notes and Image Credits:

Header Image: his is an anterior view of the face of a Myotis lucifugus, or Little Brown Bat, found in Trenton, N.J. The M. lucifugus is a member of the family Vespertilionidae, and is prevalent throughout North America. These bats seldom become aggressive when rabid, and therefore, rarely transmit rabies to humans. (CDC)

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