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Eastern Idaho teen gets bitten by rabid bat

Idaho's first rabid bat of the year has been confirmed in eastern Idaho, and a teenager who found the injured bat in a local park and was bitten is being treated for rabies exposure, but is expected to be fine. “Rabies is a fatal viral illness without proper medical management. People should call their health care providers promptly if they have been bitten or scratched by a bat,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist. “Medical therapy administered to people after an animal bite or other exposure is extremely effective in preventing rabies. It is extremely important for people to avoid all bats and other wild animals, particularly if they appear sick or are acting aggressively or abnormally.” Idaho typically sees around 16 rabid bats a year; click below for tips from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare to stay safe. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB

I. Hate. Bats. Have you ever had a close call with a bat?

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