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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Health department issues warning about bats seeking shelter in homes

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  • The Southeast District Health Department has issued a warning about an influx of bats seeking shelter in residential areas.
    According to a press release from the health department, bats, skunks, and feral cats are known carriers of rabies, "and should be euthanized and tested for rabies, if there is any human contact."
    "Rabies is a deadly disease, and the people involved must start treatment within 10 days of contact. We are sharing this notice because this is the time of year that bats may seek shelter for the fall and winter," the release said.
    "If you or a family member have been in a room with a bat, or have awakened to find a bat in the room, that bat should be safely caught and tested for rabies."
    Health department officials say bat bites can be "easy to miss," so if bats are found in a room with young children, older adults or someone with difficulty communicating, the bat should be tested. Bat bites can also go unnoticed while a person is sleeping.
    Testing requires an undamaged bat head be sent for testing within 24 hours.
    Contact the Southeast District Health Department at 402-274-3993 or 877-777-0424 to report any human contact with bats.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has directions for safely catching a bat for testing at www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/contact/capture.html

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