Rabid bat in Seattle, 2nd this summer at park

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Health officials say a rabid bat has been found at Seattle’s Madison Park for the second time this summer.

KOMO-TV reports (http://is.gd/inPmeQ ) that a park visitor found the bat last weekend as it clung to part of a tree on the playground. Park workers taped off the area and called animal control.

Dr. Meagan Kay is a veterinarian with the health department. She says this bat is from a different species than the rabid bat found at Madison Park beach earlier this summer. That suggests the two cases are an “unusual coincidence,” rather than an outbreak in local bat colonies.

Still, health officials say anyone who touched or had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk to develop rabies, which is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. Officials say rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear.

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