Nearly 200 people possibly exposed to rabid bat at Nebraska zoo sleepover

Nearly 200 people possibly exposed to rabid bat at Nebraska zoo sleepover


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Nearly 200 people who paid to take part in a sleepover event at a zoo in Nebraska are being urged to get rabies shots — because they may have been exposed to a rabid bat, according to officials.

A camper awoke at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha on July 4 and spotted one of the disease-carrying mammals flying near her head, the zoo said Friday.

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The woman wasn’t scratched or bitten, but the zoo later found seven wild bats  — including one that tested positive for rabies — inside the venue and said up to 186 people may have been exposed.

“The bats we identified were little brown bats, a common bat species in Nebraska that anyone could find in their backyard or attic,” said Doorly Zoo Animal Health Director Dr. Sarah Woodhouse. “It is not unusual for a wild bat to be infected with rabies, which is why you should never directly

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