Man bit by rabid bat in Twin Falls County

Public health officials say a man in south-central Idaho is receiving treatment after being bitten by a bat that has tested positive for rabies.

Tanis Maxwell, an epidemiologist with South Central Public Health District, tells the Times-News that the man was bit in Twin Falls County on Monday. The man, whose name has not been released, is being treated at a local hospital.

Maxwell says that the bat was captured and sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories for testing. Rabies can only be confirmed in a laboratory.

Nineteen animals have tested positive for rabies across the state since June.

Rabies can be fatal if left untreated. The disease is transmitted through an infected animal's saliva, often through a bite or scratch.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare urges anyone who suspects they may have been exposed to rabies to get medical attention immediately. Also, anyone who suspects a pet has been exposed to a rabid animal should seek veterinary care, even if the pet's vaccinations are up to date.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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