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Bats at Holter Lake Test Positive for Rabies

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The Lewis and Clark City County health department reports that a bat captured at the Holter Lake campground over Father's Day weekend has tested positive for rabies. Officials with the department say they are concerned for anyone who came into direct contact with the bat.

Bat bites are small and are not always easy to detect. Campers may have to consider rabies treatment  if there's a reasonable probability of exposure. This includes sleeping out in the open at the campground. Rabies is transmitted through infected saliva through a bite or other openings in the skin. The disease is almost always fatal if untreated. Treatment involves a series of vaccinations that should begin as soon as possible after exposure.  Early symptoms of rabies in humans include fever and headaches. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include insomnia, anxiety and confusion. 


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