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Girl getting rabies vaccines after being bitten by infected bat

A young girl bitten by a rabid bat near Liberty Lake is receiving a series of vaccine injections to prevent rabies. The girl’s mother, who had contact with the bat but was not bitten, also is receiving treatment, the Spokane Regional Health District said.

Rare rabies cure drives cost

When Nicholle Joyce learned she’d been exposed to a rabid bat at a Spirit Lake home and she was nine days into the 10-day window for a lifesaving vaccine for the fatal disease, she did what her doctor’s office suggested – she went to the emergency room. The result: A $5,000 bill for her, and a matching one for her friend who was in the same bind. Joyce had insurance, but it had a $3,000 deductible and is only paying about $830. Her friend had none; Medicaid covered the shots for the friend’s 15-month-old son but not for the single mom who works as an aesthetician.

Rabid bat prompts health warning

A bat in the Boise area has tested positive for rabies, prompting Idaho health officials to remind people to take precautions around bats and make sure their dogs, cats and horses are vaccinated against rabies.