Dr. said. Sarah Woodhouse, director of animal health at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, said in a statement Friday. “It is not uncommon for a wild bat to get rabies, which is why you should never touch a wild bat directly.”
Woodhouse added that guests who are at the zoo during the day shouldn’t worry because bats are nocturnal, but that overnight guests should receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which the zoo will pay for.
PEP is Recommended by the Center for Disease Control Both exposure to caustic and non-caustic substances in rabies-infected bats. Individuals receive a dose of rabies vaccine and human rabies immunoglobulin on day 1, then a dose of rabies vaccine on days 3, 7, and 14.
The fear of rabies started when a camp guest woke up all night and found a bat near her head on the evening of July 4th. A team at the zoo examined and found a total of seven bats, one of whom tested positive for rabies.
Although the woman was not bitten or scratched, the zoo still recommends that she and other guests who were at the zoo at the time be treated for rabies.
“People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal.” The CDC explains:. “It is also possible, but rarely, for humans to get rabies from being bitten, including scrapes, scrapes, or open wounds exposed to saliva or other potentially infectious material from an animal with rabies.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.