Rabies still a threat in winter

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Wisconsin health officials are reminding people that rabid bats are still a danger in the middle of winter.

That's because a rabid bat was found last week in northwest Wisconsin.

Officials say most bats are dormant in the winter, which is why it's so unusual to find a rabid bat this early in the year.

Even though most bats do not have rabies, coming in contact with one usually requires an individual to get rabies shots. That use to be a risk itself.

"It was very frightening and it could be quite dangerous.," said Dave Geske, with the La Crosse County Health Department.

"That's not the case anymore. It's a very simple, three shot pattern that you get I think about a week apart. (It's) very safe," he added.

If you come in contact with a bat, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.


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