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11 exposed to rabid bats in Colquitt Co.

Rabies shot (Source: WALB) Rabies shot (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

A Colquitt County woman reported to department of health officials that she woke up to a bad in her home.

"The bats were not available for testing, we could not test the bats so that's why the rabies prophylaxis was provided to go ahead and get them treated," said Environmental Specialist Lawanda Lovett.

Lovett said the scary thing about bats is you may not even know if one bites you. Their bite is small, she compared it to a mosquito bite.

"You can barely feel them especially if you are sleeping. If you wake up with a bat in your room, we advise you to go ahead and start the rabies prophylaxis because there is just really no way to tell unless you saw the bat bite you," said Lovett.

People aren't the only ones that can be harmed by rabies, pets can too! Lovett said it's a deadly and widespread disease.

"Rabies is very fatal if you become exposed and not treated or seek medical treatment immediately. It's 100 percent fatal," said Lovett. 

That means you should protect yourself and your pet by getting them the required vaccinations.

"It's sad when you have to tell an owner that you have to put an animal to sleep when there is prevention available," said Lovett.

She said the important thing is to be aware, stay away from nocturnal animals that are out during the day. 

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