LIBERTY LAKE: Rabid Bat Bites Child in Swim Area
Rabies, carried by rabid bats,are still a real thing for one family that had contact with a rabid bat this July 4th.
One child was bitten, but the mother and child that had contact with the creature, though not bitten, are being treated for rabies as a precaution.
That’s one way to make a memorable 4th of July:
Washington State Public Health Laboratories confirmed Wednesday that a bat, which bit a child on July 4 at Liberty Lake Regional Park, tested positive for rabies.
Officials said the child and the mother, who was not bit, had contact with the bat and are both receiving vaccines for rabies.
Officials said time is of the essence when attempting to prevent rabies following exposure.
The location of the incident was near the marshy area on the south side of the park’s designated swimming beach, authorities said.
The bat was captured by a separate group at a nearby picnic table, officials said.
Though they do not believe that group had contact with the bat, as a precaution, health officials are urging them to contact Spokane Regional Health District’s Zoonotic Disease Program at 509-324-1560 extension 7.
Sad that this little one’s holiday was faced with a scare like this. Always be safe around bats and know where they are- you may not be so lucky as to find them and know if they are rabid or not.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]