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Two Rivers continues to urge folks to get checked out for possible rabies exposure

Two Rivers continues to urge folks to get checked out for possible rabies exposure (MGN)

Two Rivers Public Health Department is continuing to urge folks who attended a little league football game in Cozad Sept. 17 to seek medical attention for a possible rabies exposure.

Two Rivers Community Health Nurse Amy Dinslage said a bat in Cozad came into contact with a child in broad daylight. What was believed to be that bat was later captured and tested positive for rabies.

"Rabies is almost always fatal. With the bat being positive for rabies, the likelihood of contracting rabies from the bat is high, because the bat is positive for rabies," Dinslage said.

Because this can be life threatening, health officials want everyone who may have come in contact with the bat to get checked out immediately.

"It’s why we're taking it seriously as a health department because we want to protect those in the public that may have come in contact with it and may have not even had rabies on their mind. We want to make sure that if someone did have contact with a bat that they need know they need to come in and see their provider," Dinslage said.

Two Rivers said the child that initially came into contact with the bat was immediately treated and given the rabies vaccine. That child is expected to be okay.

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