Yuba City Student Finds Rabid Bat, Brings It To Elementary School

By Admin on September 20, 2018
(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

I’ve been alive for 31 years and I’ve read more stories about rabid bats this month than in my entire life. On Monday, an elementary school student found a bat and brought it into school. CBS 13 just says a student was exposed to rabies. It’s not clear if it was the child who brought it in, or another one. I’d assume the former or it would be at least two kids?

The bat was found at the 400 block of Humphrey Road in Sutter County and brought into Franklin Elementary School. Sutter Animal Services was called and came to get the bat, which was subsequently tested and found to be rabid.

“Early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort,” the CDC website says.

So, if you find a bat, don’t pick it up. Call animal services. You can get rabies through a bite, or from coming into contact with saliva. And bats have tiny teeth, so sometimes they bite you and you don’t even know.

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