Health officials warn about bat exposure

Aug 27 2011 - 12:00am

CLEARFIELD -- With bat migration season currently taking place, Davis County health officials are looking to parents to get the word out about how to prevent human exposure to rabies.

"The message is simple. Tell your children, don't touch bats -- dead or alive," said Lewis Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department.

"Each year, we receive reports of human exposure to bats," Garrett said. "Many of those reports concern children who are just curious about these animals."

When bats are not able to be recovered or too decomposed for testing, he said, officials don't know if they carried rabies.

The health department staff errs on the side of caution by recommending post-exposure vaccine because the disease is almost always fatal, Garrett said.

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