Rabid bat in Merion swim club is the seventh confirmed case in Montco this year

2ec892dd21596f7e74bb48b230acbd38

A bat that injured two people at the Upper Merion Swim and Tennis Club in King of Prussia last Tuesday has tested positive for rabies, the Montgomery County Health Department announced today. The animal is the county’s seventh confirmed rabies case this year.

The two people that were exposed to the bat are being treated with preventative medications so that they do not develop rabies. Once humans come down with symptoms of the deadly viral infection, there is no known effective treatment.

Officials are working with staffers at both the swim club and throughout the township to identify additional victims and are asking anyone else that may have had contact with the bat to call the county health department at 610-278-5117.

They said that those who are bitten by bats generally notice, but since
the animals have small teeth and their bite marks disappear quickly,
there’s a chance that one could slip by.

The animal was the seventh rabid animal discovered in Montgomery County since January. A second infected bat was found in Horsham, three rabid raccoons were discovered in Salford, Perkiomen and Towamencin townships and two rabid skunks were found in Upper Merion and Upper Moreland townships.

Neighboring areas have also reported rabies cases: five Delaware residents were injured last week by a rabid cat, an infected raccoon attacked a hiker in a bathroom near the Valley Green Inn last month and a fox tested positive for rabies in Radnor in April.

All residents in affected counties and beyond are urged by health department officials not to “befriend” any wild or stray animals and to vaccinate pets.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

Local

Man dies trapped in elevator shaft at Bronx…

A man in his twenties died after being trapped in an elevator shaft of a Bronx building early Monday, police said.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…