Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Sunday, January 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 35° Partly Cloudy
News >  Idaho

Health official confirm 2 rabid bats in eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS – Eastern Idaho officials say two rabid bats were recently found in Idaho Falls and Swan Valley.

According to an Eastern Idaho Public Health news release, bats are the only animal in the state known to be natural carriers of the potentially fatal virus. Epidemiologist Ken Anderson says rabies can be transmitted to humans and other animals that have been bitten, scratched or come in close contact with an infected bat.

Officials say rabies can become fatal after symptoms begin occur. Deaths can be prevented with a vaccine administered immediately after exposure.

Eastern Idaho Public Health officials recommend people who come in contact with a bat capture the animal if possible and call their health care provider immediately.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter

There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email

You have been successfully subscribed!

Top stories in Idaho