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

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


Rabies photographs have been advisable for 186 individuals who could 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 constructive for rabies, the Related Press stated

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 photographs and giving refunds to the campers, The Related Press stated.

The Omaha World-Herald stated 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 stated the bats have been wild and never a part of the zoo’s bat inhabitants. In a single day stays for youth teams will probably be moved to a distinct location whereas the zoo figures out how the bats obtained into the constructing, The World-Herald stated.

Animal Well being Director Sarah Woodhouse stated 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 photographs.

“The bats we recognized have been Little brown bats, a standard bat species in Nebraska that anybody might discover of their yard or attic,” she stated, in keeping with The Related Press. “It isn’t uncommon for a wild bat to be contaminated with rabies, which is why you need 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 doubtlessly uncovered to rabid bat present in aquarium”

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