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Posted on: April 10, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Bat Exposure

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Rabies is transmitted by introducing the virus into open cuts or wounds, such as a bite, or by contact with mucous membranes.  The 2 types of primary exposure are:

(1) bat bites, or

(2) mucous membrane contamination with the bat's saliva or brain tissue. 

A possible exposure would be finding a bat in a room with a sleeping person, a child, or a mentally disabled or intoxicated person.  Our public health nurse can assist you in determining the need for additional care.  Call us at:  517-264-5211.

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