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Public Health and Wellness Identifies One More Child in Need of Rabies Treatment

Monday August 12, 2013

The Department of Public Health and Wellness has identified one more child who came in contact with a rabid bat at the Kingston Park Apartments housing complex at 100 E Southland Blvd.

On August 1 a bat bit a child at the apartment complex. The bat was later found to have rabies. Ten children in addition to the child originally bitten by the bat have been identified as needing treatment for rabies. All children are beginning treatment.

While the Department of Public Health and Wellness has reached the households of all children on a list of potential contacts, the department is asking that people who know of other children or adults who may have come in contact with the rabid bat call 574-6675 weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM or the department’s emergency after-hours number, 574-8200, during other times of the day.

“Rabies is a fatal disease,” said Public Health and Wellness Director, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. “So it’s critical that if people know of anyone else who may have come into contact with the rabid bat on August 1, they let us know right away.”

“Bats are a major reservoir for rabies, said Dr. Nesbitt. “There’s never a good time to touch a bat.”

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