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    Default Rabid Skunk Bit SNP Visitor

    A skunk bit a SNP visitor near the Whiteoak Boundary parking area and the Park confirmed yesterday the skunk had rabies.

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    Oh no, I hope that person gets treatment. People forget that rabies is nearly 100% fatal.

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    sucks for that person, but is "rabid skunk" really news? i kind of assume there are pretty much always rabid animals around somewhere. i don't think i read any necessity to take extra precaution into the fact that one of them was discovered biting someone.

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    Man that stinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    Oh no, I hope that person gets treatment. People forget that rabies is nearly 100% fatal.
    Im sure they will.
    Fortunately rabies moves slowly to the brain, about 3" per day. When bitten on extremities, most common is hands, a person has 1-2 weeks to receive prophylactic treatment. Time to observe the animal or test it. If bitten on head or neck.....there can be no delay at all. Being bitten by bat while sleeping can be extremely dangerous because often to head neck area.

    Several people have survived now with an experimental treatment protocol by placing them in a coma. Before this...it was 100% fatal.
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    I would like to know the details of the skunk encounter if anyone knows.Sorry to hear it happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    I would like to know the details of the skunk encounter if anyone knows.Sorry to hear it happened.
    Interesting to see if he was messing with it (trying to move it, get a good Instagram pic, or something else entirely). Hopefully they're OK though.
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    Default Rabid Skunk bit SNP Visitor



    I'm surprised bats don't roost at shelters and infect people.One more reason to avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post


    I'm surprised bats don't roost at shelters and infect people.One more reason to avoid them.
    This post makes no sense other than to point out you don't like shelters... Because you've basically just said another reason to avoid shelters is because rabid bats do not roost there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu View Post
    This post makes no sense other than to point out you don't like shelters... Because you've basically just said another reason to avoid shelters is because rabid bats do not roost there.
    You're entitled to your opinion but there was a thread on this forum not too long ago urging people who had stayed at a certain shelter on a certain date to get tested as there was a bat there.Never quite figured that one out or what the exact intent was either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu View Post
    This post makes no sense other than to point out you don't like shelters... Because you've basically just said another reason to avoid shelters is because rabid bats do not roost there.
    If you ever get a bat in your house and you can't capture it - or rather you let it go freely by opening a window and encouraging it out because you're an animal lover - protocol is to get rabies shots because bat bites are often not felt. I've never seen bats in a shelter so I assume its not a problem, but the comment does carry some merit.

    p.s. worst thing about rabies shots is not the shots themselves (not anymore), but rather the disorganized way in which you often have to get them - ER's will say they don't have them, same hospitals typically have them at retail cost for the non-admitted visit, and public clinics are used so much that they are often short of supply. It was a royal PITA, and obviously a very short period of time to figure it out (though I never really worried that we were bitten).
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    Quote Originally Posted by scope View Post
    If you ever get a bat in your house and you can't capture it - or rather you let it go freely by opening a window and encouraging it out because you're an animal lover - protocol is to get rabies shots because bat bites are often not felt. I've never seen bats in a shelter so I assume its not a problem, but the comment does carry some merit.

    p.s. worst thing about rabies shots is not the shots themselves (not anymore), but rather the disorganized way in which you often have to get them - ER's will say they don't have them, same hospitals typically have them at retail cost for the non-admitted visit, and public clinics are used so much that they are often short of supply. It was a royal PITA, and obviously a very short period of time to figure it out (though I never really worried that we were bitten).
    Mt wifes boss one time, lived in million dollar home in country club 25 yrs ago. Bats got in attic. Huge ordeal, cost him $45000 to get rid of them and remediate attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    Oh no, I hope that person gets treatment. People forget that rabies is nearly 100% fatal.
    nearly 100% fatal AFTER nuerological problems develop but with treatment PRIOR to onset of nuerological problems the outlook is VERY GOOD.
    Vaccination after exposure, PEP, is highly successful in preventing the disease if administered promptly, in general within 6 days of infection.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabies
    https://tinyurl.com/MyFDresults

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