Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6-year-old girl bitten by bat

West Magic animal to be tested for rabies


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A 6-year-old girl was taken to St. Luke’s Wood River hospital for treatment after she was bitten by a bat Friday afternoon at her grandmother’s residence at West Magic.
    Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that it was not known then if the bat had rabies. However, he said the animal was captured and will be delivered to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for testing.
    Ramsey said the incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. while the girl was playing in her grandmother’s yard. After the girl was bitten, the grandmother captured the bat in a jar and took it along with the girl to St. Luke’s, where the animal was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.
    Ramsey said the girl was treated with antibiotics but he did not think that she had been started on rabies shots.
    “When we’ve had these situations before, and if there’s a way to get it checked out, they usually wait,” the sheriff said.
    “Rabies is always a concern,” Ramsey said. “We have not had any reports that I’m aware of in the past several years. It’s not real common, but we have had rabies up here.
    “That’s always our concern with dog bites and bats.”
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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