Over 40 treated for rabies after being exposed to bats at Utah high schools

At least 41 people are receiving treatment for rabies after being exposed to bats near two Salt Lake City-area high schools. Officials urged anyone who has had contact with a bat to come forward, as rabies has the potential to be fatal, Fox 13 Now reported.

“Once you show symptoms [for rabies], it is almost 100 percent fatal,” Dave Spence, the Davis County Health Department deputy director, said. “That’s why it’s taken so seriously.”

A spokesman for West High School, which is located along a migratory path for the mammals, confirmed that there are reports of a student being scratched by a bat. It is not possible to determine whether a bat has rabies based on sight. The spokesman did not clarify if it the alleged victim was a student or staff member, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. At Layton High, located about 20 miles away, officials were forced to close the…

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