Public Health-Idaho North Central District has received positive laboratory results for a rabid bat in Latah County. While "there hasn't been any evidence of bite marks," there was potential human and animal exposure, according to Environmental Health Director Ed Marugg. He says they were notified of the bat last Friday and received the test results today.
From Public Health – Idaho North Central District:
Rabid bats have been identified in almost all regions of Idaho over the years, and north central Idaho is no exception.
Rabies is a rare disease in humans; however, one or more fatal human cases do occur almost every year in the United States, predominantly from rabid bat exposures. Rabies is essentially 100% fatal; however, it is nearly always preventable by reducing exposures to wild and unvaccinated animals and medically managing animals and individuals who may have been exposed to rabid animals early after an exposure.