Health Officials Confirm Rabid Bat in Canyon County


An 8-year-old Canyon County girl will need to undergo a series of injections after a bat that bit her on the leg tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred Tuesday near Indian Creek in Caldwell.

The bat was captured by animal control and taken to a state lab for testing. Wednesday afternoon, the Southwest District Health Department confirmed that the bat was rabid.

Between 1999 and 2006, health officials said an average of 18 bats per year tested positive for rabies in Idaho, approximately 10 percent of the bats tested. This week's incident was 2012's first rabies confirmation in Canyon County.

Meanwhile, three people in Washington state have been treated this year for exposure to rabid bats. In the most-recent case, last week in Snohomish County, a person was scratched on the arm by a bat.