Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:42 AM by MTN News
HELENA - For the second time this season, a bat found at the Holter Lake Campground has tested positive for rabies.
Health officials urge anyone who had direct contact with a bat at the campground since early June to call the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department immediately to determine if rabies treatment is needed.
"Our advice to people is never touch a bat," said Mike Henderson, administrator of the Disease Control Division of the health department. "There's always a small percentage of bats that have rabies, so the best way to protect your health is to avoid contact with all of them."
Rabies is transmitted through infected saliva via a bite, scratch or other break in the skin. Treatment involves a series of vaccinations that should begin as soon as possible after exposure.
People who had no direct contact with a bat are not at risk, but parents should check with their children to find out if they touched or played with a bat while at the campground.
Campers should also make sure their pets have current rabies vaccinations.
Call the health department at (406) 443-2584, or click here for more information on bats and rabies.