Recently, more than a dozen people were treated for rabies for post-exposure prophylaxis at the St. John’s Medical Center. All those receiving treatment were staying at a building with a bat infestation. Officials were able to identify the thirteen people who might have been bitten at the site. They all went to St. Johns Medical Center for evaluations. According to Public Health Officials, there’s no way to know exactly how many people received bat bats.
The group came from Utah State University. They were participating in a program while staying in the building. The college students stayed at the AMK Ranch which is in the Grand Teton National Park. They soon came to the realization that the building was full of bats. A local state public health veterinarian Karl Musgrave, says that most people know there are a lot of bats residing in AMK Ranch.
Multiple Individuals Receive Rabies Shots After Bat Exposure
Travis Riddell, a Teton County health officer and physician, says the county health center is taking this possible exposure to rabies seriously. The county of Teton is taking this serious because rabies can lead to death. Travis Riddell also adds that bats are a pretty common reservoir for rabies in the Wyoming areas.
In mid-2015, a bat bit a woman from Fremont County. She did indeed have rabies. The woman did not know that a bat had bit her. The woman was the first case of rabies in humans in Wyoming.
Unfortunately, it is common not to know that a bat has bit you. A state health officer and state epidemiologist of Wyoming, Alexia Harris, says seeing bats flying at night is not anything to make you worry. Harris says that bat bites are unnoticeable because bats have very small teeth and will hardly break the skin.