Albuquerque students treated for rabies exposure

October 5, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Six students at an Albuquerque middle school are being treated for rabies exposures because they were found playing with a bat that later tested positive for rabies.

The school [auth] districts sent warnings to the homes of additional students at Polk Middle School because officials are concerned there could be more students who were exposed.

A teacher captured the bat and tests confirmed it had rabies.

The six students who were identified as having played with the bat Wednesday have received the first of several rounds of vaccine.

A state Department of Health epidemiologist says the six students don’t show evidence of bites.

However, Dr. Chad Smelser says bat teeth are so small that people sometimes don’t feel it when they’re bitten.

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