Virtually 200 Individuals at Zoo Could Have Been Uncovered to Rabid Bat


Rabies pictures have been really useful for 186 individuals who might have been uncovered to a rabid bat whereas staying in a single day at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

A camper awakened July 4 within the aquarium and located a bat flying round her head, The Associated Press reported.  No bites or scratches have been discovered, however the zoo situated seven wild bats within the aquarium. 

The bats have been euthanized and one examined optimistic for rabies, the Related Press mentioned

The zoo recommends that the 186 individuals who stayed in a single day plus some staffers ought to get rabies remedy. The zoo is paying for the pictures and giving refunds to the campers, The Related Press mentioned.

The Omaha World-Herald mentioned state and Douglas County well being officers urge campers who stayed within the aquarium the nights of June 29, June 30, July 2, and July 3 to obtain rabies remedy.

Zoo officers mentioned the bats have been wild and never a part of the zoo’s bat inhabitants. In a single day stays for youth teams can be moved to a distinct location whereas the zoo figures out how the bats bought into the constructing, The World-Herald mentioned.

Animal Well being Director Sarah Woodhouse mentioned in a press release bats solely come out at night time, so individuals who visited the zoo in the course of the day don’t want rabies pictures.

“The bats we recognized have been Little brown bats, a standard bat species in Nebraska that anybody may discover of their yard or attic,” she mentioned, based on The Related Press. “It isn’t uncommon for a wild bat to be contaminated with rabies, which is why it is best to by no means immediately contact a wild bat.”

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The Related Press: “Nebraska zoo says 200 folks probably uncovered to rabid bat”

The Omaha World-Herald: “186 in a single day campers at Omaha zoo probably uncovered to rabid bat present in aquarium”

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