A woman who handled a rabid bat near the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul on Wednesday has been found by authorities and is receiving medical attention, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The department began looking for it after Another person found the sickly bat on the pedestrian path of Lake Como and took it to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.
When the search engine dropped the witness, the person mentioned that he had been driven by another woman in the park. 19659002] The center sent the bat to the state Department of Health, where a laboratory test confirmed that it had rabies.
Rabies is a virus that is usually transmitted by the bite or scratch of an infected animal. By the time symptoms appear, it is usually too late to treat the life-threatening disease.
To find the other person, the Health Department posted signs in the Como Park saying, "Please read, rabid bat found near here."
He went on to say that the person who found the Bat reported seeing a young Asian woman lift it and warned that anyone else who touched the bat needed to call immediately and seek treatment.
Attendees at the park took pictures of the sign and posted it on social networks.
Just when the Health Department was preparing a press release to cast a wider network to find it, the woman called them, said Michael Schommer, a spokesperson for the department.
"If someone has been bitten or exposed to a bat, it is very important to test the bat for rabies," said Dr. Joni Scheftel, state public health veterinarian. "If this is not possible, rabies vaccines should be administered as soon as possible."
Rage used to be known as hydrophobia because it seems to cause fear of water. The intense spasms in the throat are triggered when trying to swallow. This and the impact of the virus on the nervous system can cause the victim to spit out of the mouth.
The virus can be incubated in a human or animal host for several weeks. Once the symptoms appear, such as headache, nausea and confusion, coma and death usually do not get left behind.
In the United States, between one and three people contract rabies each year, but 40,000 receive a rabies prevention treatment called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) because they had contact with potentially rabid animals, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention UU
Bats are the most common carrier of the virus in Minnesota.