Eight people in Montana are currently undergoing a preventative treatment for rabies after a student brought a bat to science class which ended up exposing 150 other children to it, and therefor, rabies.
The child in question brought the bat to North Middle School in Great Falls, Montana on Tuesday. Only he, a classmate who handled the bat, and his family of seven are undergoing the preventative measures due to the fact that the bat could have bitten members of the family while in the student’s home.
There are a number of issues with the way in which the school handled the bat. A teacher is facing disciplinary action for not reporting the bat’s presence in the school appropriately so that the bat could have been tested for rabies. In fact, the Cascade City-County Health Department only became involved after a student posted a picture of the bat on social media, and by then, it was too late to do anything about it.
One of the main concerns of the bat is that anyone who has touched the bat could contract rabies. Rabies is 99% fatal once symptoms begin to show. Some of these symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, agitation, hyperactivity, excessive salivation, hydrophobia, hallucinations and partial paralysis as a result of the effects on the victim’s neurological system. Anyone who may have handled the bat is urged to seek immediate medical attention to begin the preventative series of rabies vaccinations.