9 children to be treated after contact with rabid bat

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Nine children will have to be treated after playing with a bat confirmed to have rabies.

According to the Department of Public Health and Wellness, the bat was in the Kingston Park Apartments, located at 100 E. Southland Boulevard on August 1. Officials said the bat was carried in a box by children, one of which was bitten by the animal, and those children will need to undergo treatment.

Lab tests performed on the bat by Kentucky Public health confirmed the bat was rabid. Officials said rabies is fatal once symptoms develop.

The child who was bitten has since started the 14 day, four shot immunization process and is expected to be ok.

Health officials canvassed the area where the bat was spotted and said it is important for anyone who either came in contact with the bat or knows anyone else who may have come in contact with the bat to call (502) 574-6675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or after hours by calling the department's emergency after-hours number at (502) 574-8200.

The department emphasized "no one is in any trouble because they played with or carried the bat and that all information will be kept confidential."

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