July 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Rabid bat found at Madison Park poses risk for humans, pets
Anyone who may have come in contact with a bat at Madison Park beach Sunday or Monday could develop a potentially fatal case of rabies, and should call health district officials immediately, health officials say.
Rabies is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms begin, said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease for Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Health official say a bat found on the sand at the south end of the beach was tested and found to have rabies.
Anyone who may have had any contact with the animal should get rapid treatment before symptoms appear, Duchin said. He advises anyone who may have had contact with the bat to call the public health hotline, 206-296-4949 (Press option # 2 and then #5)
“We will give you information about how to get treatment,” Duchin said.
Parents who were in the park with young children on July 14 and 15 should ask their children about any contact with a bat at the park.
For more on the incident, see this bulletin from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
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