Students exposed to rabid bat

Posted at: 10/03/2013 10:18 PM | Updated at: 10/04/2013 7:23 AM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some students at an Albuquerque middle school are being treated for rabies after coming in contact with a rabid bat.

Albuquerque Public School officials say six students touched and carried the live bat at Polk Middle School Wednesday morning.  That bat was captured by a teacher and sent off to be tested.  Tests confirmed the bat had rabies.

Now, the New Mexico Department of Health says the students need four shots within a two week period.  Parents at the school say they're surprised the kids would touch the bat, but they say there are a lot of bats in that area.

"We see them pretty much everywhere, like in the trees and everything.  You can see them at night. Yeah, it's just pretty much the area," parent Tammy Gross said.

"We're in the South Valley, there are bats all around," parent Frank Archuleta said.  "They have special places they stay and hide."

The district is concerned that more students may have touched the bat. They're asking parents to talk to their kids and call the school nurse if they've had contact with the bat.  That number is (505) 877-6444.  If you have other questions, call the Department of Health at (505) 827-0006.

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