Rabies photographs have been beneficial for 186 individuals who could have been uncovered to a rabid bat whereas staying in a single day at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
A camper wakened July 4 within the aquarium and located a bat flying round her head, The Associated Press reported. No bites or scratches have been discovered, however the zoo situated seven wild bats within the aquarium.
The bats have been euthanized and one examined optimistic for rabies, the Related Press mentioned
The zoo recommends that the 186 individuals who stayed in a single day plus some staffers ought to get rabies therapy. The zoo is paying for the photographs and giving refunds to the campers, The Related Press mentioned.
The Omaha World-Herald mentioned state and Douglas County well being officers urge campers who stayed within the aquarium the nights of June 29, June 30, July 2, and July 3 to obtain rabies therapy.
Zoo officers mentioned the bats have been wild and never a part of the zoo’s bat inhabitants. In a single day stays for youth teams will probably be moved to a unique location whereas the zoo figures out how the bats bought into the constructing, The World-Herald mentioned.
Animal Well being Director Sarah Woodhouse mentioned in an announcement bats solely come out at evening, so individuals who visited the zoo throughout the day don’t want rabies photographs.
“The bats we recognized have been Little brown bats, a typical bat species in Nebraska that anybody might discover of their yard or attic,” she mentioned, in accordance with The Related Press. “It’s not uncommon for a wild bat to be contaminated with rabies, which is why you need to by no means immediately contact a wild bat.”