Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rabid bat flies into North Idaho home

Idaho’s first rabid bat of the season has been confirmed, after it flew into a home in northern Kootenai County and the residents found it lying on their staircase.

Now, they’re all undergoing rabies shots.

Last week’s discovery is earlier than usual, likely due to the recent warm weather, and health officials are warning folks to stay away from bats.

Rabid bats have been found in almost every county in Washington and in every part of Idaho, but usually reports don’t begin surfacing in North Idaho until July. “This last week of hot weather was really out of the ordinary for us, so I guess a lot of bats woke up,” said Cynthia Taggart, spokeswoman for the Panhandle Health Department in North Idaho. “They hibernate over the winter.”