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fd909
Laugh a little!
10:03 PM on 08/16/2013
I found a sick bat in the fire station that I work out of. It looked like a waded up piece of brown rag in the corner. Needless to say, I nearly spray painted my pantaloons when I tried to pick it up. The last thing on Earth I expected to see was a bat. Anyway, it tested negative, and I always keep clean clothes at work. Cheers.
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Goliadkin
Irony: it's not just for smart people anymore.
03:59 PM on 08/17/2013
Cute and well written. Thanks.
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PatTheHat
Hey hey my my rock & roll will never die
07:13 PM on 08/16/2013
So that leaves like what, three, four, tops, left that supposedly doesn't know bats often enough carry rabies?
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Shannon Fallacaro
07:06 PM on 08/16/2013
she didn't know she had been bit. They recommend getting treatment for rabies even if you just see a bat in your house.
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Kiffanik
04:36 PM on 08/16/2013
People don't know bats pose a rabies risk? SMH. No wonder they put "don't eat this plastic" on certain packaged foods in this country.
04:14 PM on 08/16/2013
I just asked everyone around me if they knew bats could bite you without you even realizing it. Guess what? None of these college educated people I work with knew this. To write this woman off like an idiot who deserved to die is insensitive, uncaring and wrong.
04:05 PM on 08/16/2013
While it still exists and is still normally fatal, human rabies cases are down to approx 1 or 2 per year in all of the united states.

Bats CAN be a vector for spreading the disease. MOST are doing you a service by consuming disease carrying insects such as the mosquito. Bats are good. Bats are needed. Bat are not your enemy. You are FAR more likely to be infected by the diseases mosquitos who bite you routinely than you are by bats who help control them.

You are less likely to suffer fatality as a women over 40 - who just dropped her soap in the shower - in her flooded mobile home in a coastal area with "killer" sharks circling - who had ignored a sinkhole evacuation - who is also holding a kite with a key on it in a thunderstorm proceding a tornado bearing down on that mobile home - with a serial killer - terrorist knocking at the door -- than to have a rabid bat bite you - that you didn't know about.
03:47 PM on 08/16/2013
*****DON'T POST UNTIL THEY UPDATE THE HEADLINE AND ARTICLE. The risk the author is talking about is that you can be BITTEN BY A BAT AND NOT KNOW IT. That point is lost in the article. Of course everyone knows bats carry rabies, but they don't know you can get a bite and not know it, especially if you were asleep, or touch their tiny teeth trying to remove a dead one. Please don't post stupid comments, This article could save someone's life it it gets corrected.
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Vince Almaraz
03:41 PM on 08/16/2013
"...but was not advised of the rabies risks associated with bats."

How could a 46 year old not know this?
03:48 PM on 08/16/2013
read the whole article, the RISK is that you can be bitten without knowing it.
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Shannon Fallacaro
07:08 PM on 08/16/2013
She didn't realize that she had been bitten.
They recommend in the article that you get treated for Rabies even if you just see a bat in your house because most people don't know that they've been bitten.
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Vince Almaraz
07:38 PM on 08/16/2013
Good point.  : )
03:35 PM on 08/16/2013
I don't think the issue is being bitten by the bats. For years I explored caves and I believe that people have contacted rabies via virus in the air from bat urine. I would suspect that this may be the same route here.

I don't think it is much of a risk though for most environments. Now if she had a large colony in her walls or attic, there could be a problem.

When I lived in Rochester I used to open my 2d story windows, but I frequently had bats fly in. I got quite good at netting them out of the air with sheer curtain material and throwing them out the window - if I didn't, our grey tabby got them.
03:47 PM on 08/16/2013
rabies is a blood born virus I'd heard. You cannot get rabies from the air of caves, perhaps unless you break the skin. The cases you mention may be cases where people were bitten and did not know it. Hantavirus yes, rabies no.
03:57 PM on 08/16/2013
While the blood-transfer case is the typical route, I wouldn't want to try breathing a rabies aerosol.
03:50 PM on 08/16/2013
In addition to the urine, the article states (although hidden in the story) and the headline should really say that the hidden risk is that you can be bitten without knowing it. You need screens, my friend. If a bat is in your room, there could be a chance you were bitten, especially if you had been sleeping.
03:56 PM on 08/16/2013
I put screens in - the house was a gut rehab job that took me years. That was 40 years ago.
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alonglongway
It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
03:33 PM on 08/16/2013
Cue the lawsuit. Stupidity is a multi billion dollar industry these days.
03:28 PM on 08/16/2013
A pest control service is NOT a medical advisory board. She should have called a health clinic, a doctor, a hospital. NOT assumed a pest control service has medical knowledge.

Darwin strikes again.
03:37 PM on 08/16/2013
No, Darwin is not striking here. The article has a poor headline and doesn't emphasize the real point. The woman was only asking how to get a bat out of the room. How many people know that YOU CAN BE BITTEN AND NOT KNOW IT? I think the article's intention (I hope) is that from now on, maybe more people ( pest control, police, fire, even libraries) MIGHT be more likely to remind people that if they've been confined in a space with a bat they should assume they may have been bitten! And of course, it may not be their job or responsibility, but the more people that know about this, the better. If only she had been told this or read about it somewhere. She didn't do anything wrong, she just didn't know what I think is a relatively recent warning.
03:51 PM on 08/16/2013
so librarians and firemen have the responsibility to read all the warning labels and then to make sure to take the time to talk to every random person they meet and communicate that fact?

Bats do not automatically have rabies. Less than 5% of bats who are presented for testing have the virus. The dumb article is giving people here the idea they suddenly need to be afraid of rabies.
03:01 PM on 08/16/2013
***DON'T POST A COMMENT if it is going to be about everyone knowing bats carry rabies. Yeah, most people do. But how many people know that you can be bitten (especially while you are sleeping) and NOT KNOW IT? Bats have such tiny teeth you can be bitten and not be able to tell. And that fact was in the article but kinda lost in it.
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alonglongway
It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
03:31 PM on 08/16/2013
And don't YOU post one more post about a person not knowing they have been bitten. 10 is plenty. Thanks a bunch.
04:01 PM on 08/16/2013
Truly sorry. You are right, I won't post anymore. I was just so heartbroken about this woman dying from what I think most people don't know about, and I didn't know until a couple months ago. And all the comments being written were about her being stupid for not knowing that bats carry rabies. Just thought that lives could be saved.
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TheExpatriate
01:58 AM on 08/17/2013
Better that than someone who disrespects the dead like you.
02:59 PM on 08/16/2013
Woman Who Died From Lack of Oxygen Not Advised to Breathe
03:10 PM on 08/16/2013
Shame on you. The point (albeit lost in the middle of the article) is that you can be BITTEN WITHOUT KNOWING IT. Especially in your sleep, because bats have such tiny teeth. Bet you didn't know that
03:13 PM on 08/16/2013
That bats have tiny teeth? I think I could've figured it out.
02:28 PM on 08/16/2013
Love the headline - basically it is the fault of society for not telling her something obvious - that wild animals may carry rabbies. TO me this proves natural selection, where the weakest of the heard gets culled thus guaranteeing the viability of the species.

As Will Rogers said: Some people learn by reading. Others learn by observation. Others just have to pee on the electric fence themselves!
03:15 PM on 08/16/2013
I briefly thought that, but I think the writer was trying to say that because the woman didn't know she could be BITTEN AND NOT KNOW IT, she died. The woman probably thought just chasing the bat outside was ok. The headline could have been better and that bit of info in the beginning of the story. Most people won't pick up on that part of it. I emailed the author to am\end the story.
03:40 PM on 08/16/2013
Well there are dumb ppl in this world
garutan
Fiscal con but don't care who you marry
08:47 PM on 08/16/2013
Reminds me of Filner's attorney blaming San Diego for not forcing him to take the mandatory sexual harassment courses!
09:53 AM on 08/17/2013
Gotta love how Dems NEVER take responsibility for their actions.  Like the prez who never ever takes responsibility - so typical
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02:11 PM on 08/16/2013
It is very sad that this woman died, but it is also sad that a 46 year old woman was not aware of the risk that bats carry Rabies. I have been terrified of bats since I was a little girl, cuz I knew that most of them carry the virus. I could be wrong about this but I always believed that other animals like Raccoons and Foxes contracted rabies from being bitten by bats.. It just seems hard to believe that she had know idea of t he risk.....
02:49 PM on 08/16/2013
She probably knew about rabies, but didn't realize you could be bitten and not know it because bats' teeth or so tiny. I only found that out a couple months ago. No one I told about it had ever heard of it.
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06:24 PM on 08/16/2013
The headline and practically the whole article, says she did not know the risk of rabies...And they not only bite, they like to swoop down at you and get in your hair...
03:31 PM on 08/16/2013
"most of them" don't. Or there would be no bats. It kills animals. Rabies is fatal. But, the only time you are likely to encounter many wild animals is when they are behaving strangely, so perhaps "most you might run into" MAY be dangerous, because most wild animals want nothing to do with humans.
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06:22 PM on 08/16/2013
I said most of them do, I did not say all of them, and I am well aware rabies is fatal, I worked at a Vet's office, I use to live in the mountains. So I know if an animal looks drunk, they mostly have been infected..