Rabies-infected bat captured in Norfolk after biting human

Health officials say a person was treated after being bitten by a bat carrying rabies. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Health officials say a person was treated after being bitten by a bat carrying rabies.

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department said the bat, which was captured in Norfolk, is the first they’ve seen infected with rabies this year.

Without treatment, rabies is virtually 100% fatal, the department said. This disease is spread from animals to humans through saliva, bites and scratches.

Washing the bite or scratch wound immediately with soap and water can be lifesaving, but the person must still seek medical advice.

If you have been bitten by a bat, carefully capture the bat, ensuring that the head of the bat is not damaged when handling it.

If you have a bat in your home, do not handle it with bare hands.

For more information about rabies in Nebraska, please visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/rabies.aspx .

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