Rabid bat bites child; other kids might have handled it

April 22, 2021 GMT

PITCAIRN, Pa. (AP) — A rabid bat bit one child, and health officials on Thursday urged the parents of three other children who might have handled the bat to seek medical attention for them.

The animal was captured on Monday in Pitcairn, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh, and a resident brought it to the Allegheny County Health Department for testing the following day. The bat tested positive for rabies, according to county health officials.

At least one child was bitten by the bat, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The Health Department said its investigation revealed that several children might have passed the bat around, or been bitten by it. Health officials contacted the parents of three children and said that any other parents who believe their child encountered the bat should call the Health Department immediately.

The rabies virus is transmitted by an infected animal’s bite or scratch and is nearly always fatal if left untreated.