Nine Treated For Rabies After Handling Infected Bat At A Placer County Campground

By Admin on August 14, 2018
Mineral Bar Campground, Rabid Bat, Bat with Rabies, Placer County (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

A human infected with rabies is a pretty rare thing to come across in 2018. In fact, according to Fox 40, from 2003 to 2015 only 38 cases were reported in the entire United States. However, nine people were recently treated for rabies after coming in contact with a rabid bat in Placer County. (Note, they were treated. That doesn’t mean they actually HAD rabies).

Earlier this month, multiple people handled a bat with rabies at Mineral Bar Campground in Colfax including some children. Additionally, the bat bit at least one person. Park Rangers believe that more people could be at risk if they were around the bat. So, if you touched a bat at Mineral Bar Campground between Aug 1 and 3, Placer County Health Department wants you to go get immediate medical treatment.

However, a recent visit to said campground determined that there was not an ongoing threat at the location. And for future reference, if a wild animal lets you get close to it, it’s probably not a good sign.

Around the site