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Public Health and Wellness Seeks Those Who May Have Come in Contact with Rabid Bat

Thursday August 8, 2013

The Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeking to interview persons who may have information about or who have come in contact with a rabid bat in the Kingston Park Apartments housing complex at 100 E Southland Blvd. on August 1.

The Kentucky Public health lab has confirmed that the bat had rabies. Officials believe that other children may have been playing with or near the bat as it was carried in a box by other children. These children may also have been exposed to rabies.

Rabies is fatal once symptoms develop, so it is extremely important that public health officials identify, evaluate and treat those who have come into contact with the rabid bat. Teams from the Department of Public Health and Wellness will be canvassing the area.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness is asking that people who may know of children or adults who may have come in contact with the bat on August 1 call 574-6675 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM or the department’s emergency after-hours number, 574-8200, during other times of the day.

Time is of the essence, so people are asked to come forward with information immediately. The department emphasizes that no one is in any trouble because they played with or carried the bat and that all information will be kept confidential.

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Note to Assignment Editors: There will be media availability with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday August 9 at 400 E. Gray St.