Several People Treated for Rabies in Montana
HELENA – August 21, 2018
Eight people have been treated for rabies in Madison County, Montana, after contact with bats that have been flooding the state, local media reports.
In three separate incidents which resulted in exposure, two of the bats were found already dead and one swooped down on someone. One of the dead animals tested positive for the viral disease, Melissa Brummell, a registered nurse for the Madison County Health Department, said Monday.
Brummell said she wasn’t sure whether these cases over the past three weeks are due to an increase in exposure incidents, the county has made education efforts to warn the population about the danger of bats. She added, “I know of no bat biting for sure.” That’s because bat bites are so small, they can’t always be detected.
All eight people involved in the three separate incidents underwent precautionary treatments to prevent infection, she said.
State officials say there have been 42 exposures to bats in all of Montana this year through Aug. 10 that resulted in precautionary treatment. There have been two bat exposures in Butte-Silver Bow, both in area cabins, county health officials say.