Tompkins health department urgently searching for three children exposed to rabid bat

July 5, 2014 by Rachel Cera

The Tompkins County Department of Health has been looking for three children who were apparently playing with a bat on Monday in Dryden. The bat has since been confirmed to carry the rabies virus.

Public health director Frank Kruppa says "It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal." The three children were reportedly poking a downed bat with a stick at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden early the afternoon of June 30th.

Health authorities ask anyone who may have had contact with the bat at the park, which is along Elm Street in Dryden, or anyone who might know who the kids were, contact 607-274-6688 any time of day or night.

There is no charge to the patient for rabies treatment, but the virus can be serious and is fatal if it's not treated promptly.


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