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Those who touched a living bat in Bangor need to be treated to prevent rabies



BANGOR, Maine (WABI) State officials are trying to find people on Saturday and Sunday, 16./17. March, in Bangor could have come in contact with a rabid racket.

The live bat was found in near the Shaw House, but officials say that this was not the only place where humans were handled.

Authorities warn bats that do not mind being approached, who are active during the day or can not fly rabid

Rabies is lethal, but can be treated immediately.

Those who had direct skin contact with the bat should start taking the medication immediately.

We are told that those affected must be treated, there is no risk to the general public in the area where the bat was found.

Read full release of Maine CDC:

UPDATE
Maine CDC Searches for Persons Subjected to Rabies Angry Bat

AUGUSTA, Maine ̵

1; Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) works at the identification of several people who may have been exposed to rabies by dealing with a rabid bat in Bangor.

Maine CDC is investigating the circumstances of possible weekend exposure on 16 and 17 March. The live bat was found near the Shaw House, a youth home in Bangor. It was passed on to several people who handled it with their bare hands at various locations in the Bangor area. The bat was later tested positive for rabies at the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory. Those who have had direct skin contact with the bat and have not worn gloves or a cloth or other barrier are at risk of rabies.

Bats showing unusual behavior, eg. or could not fly, could be infected with rabies. Rabies is lethal, but preventable if treated promptly after exposure. Persons who had direct skin contact with the bat should start rabies prophylaxis as soon as possible. Rabies prophylaxis includes two different injections: rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) and the rabies vaccine.

Rabies spreads when infected animals bite or scratch another animal or person. The virus can also spread when saliva or tissue from the brain or spinal cord gets into the broken skin, mouth, nose or eyes.

The Maine CDC calls on anyone who had direct contact with a bat in Bangor during a day. On the weekend of March 16 and 17, contact their health care provider to discuss the risks and determine whether to prophylactic is required. Individuals can also contact Maine CDC directly at 1-800-821-5821.

Only those who touch the bat with their bare hands are at risk for rabies. In the area where the bat was found, there is no risk for those who have not touched the animal.

To prevent the spread of rabies, never touch a wild animal or an animal that you do not know.

For more information:
• Maine CDC's Rabies website www.maine.gov/dhhs/rabies [19459008••MaineCDC'sDiseaseReportandConsultationLine1-800-821-5821


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