Holy Center for Disease Control Bat Man!

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  1. KENNECTED
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    The Centers for Disease Control is trying to contact all of the passengers on a Delta Connection flight that was plagued by a stowaway bat earlier this month.
    The CDC says it's making the effort as a precaution, noting bats can carry rabies.
    "Although the risk of rabies exposure is very low, CDC staff are contacting passengers and airline and airport personnel that may have had contact with the bat as a precaution to determine if they actually had direct contact with the bat," the agency is quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as saying in a statement.
    As of Saturday afternoon, CDC spokeswoman Danielle Buttke tells The Associated Press the agency had contacted 35 of the 50 passengers who flew on the Aug. 5 flight operated by Delta Connection affiliate Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
    CDC officials say they'd like to hear from the other passengers on the flight. The agency advises them to call 866-613-2683.
    As for the incident that sparked the CDC's efforts, a bat somehow made it onto Delta Flight 5121 on Aug. 5.
    The incident was captured on video by an a passenger identified as Mike Schmidt, who submitted the video (seen here) to CNN. The video shows passengers reacting to the animal, which appears to be a bat. Some passengers yelled while others tried to wave off the flying creature.
    Finally, after several journeys up and down the cabin, the apparent bat flew toward the back of the plane and into the lavatory, where a quick-thinking passenger slammed shut the door.
    The incident forced the Madison-to-Atlanta flight to return to Madison, where the creature somehow escaped from the plane before authorities could determine exactly what it was -- or whether it was sick.
    http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/08/cdc-bat/415167/1
     
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    That's crazy! As a doc who spent time in rabies endemic places, rabies is my nightmare disease. I probably would have been found cowering on the floor ;) Sounds like the transmission risk from this bat is practically nil.
     
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    I would have freaked out if I had been on a plane--or in any other enclosed space--with a bat because of the rabies risk. I'm not at all happy about stray dogs or wild monkeys in developing countries for the same reason and I fear raccoon as well as bats in the USA. IIRC there was a teenager in Wisconsin last summer who got rabies from a bat.
     
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    OK, how on earth did the bat get away? You think they would have been very cautious when trying to retrieve the bat for testing. This following CDC's report of the first vampire bat-human rabies transmission in the US last week.
     
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    By the way, the guy who died of bat-transmitted rabies was infected in Mexico (second paragraph of that linked article above).

    I assume the bat went down the toilet drain. Super double ugh.
     

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