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 Post subject: rabid bats
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:16 pm 
Hawkeye

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Apparently, rabid bats are on the increase in the Midwest. Local TV news reported a confirmed case of transmission from bat to dog in north MO.

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Sadly,, yes,, it is spreading.

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:04 am 
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I don't see it being a big issue as long as people don't handle bats(REALLY WHY WOULD YOU?)(well Contender would but that 's his job). It's surmised that the dog found a sick bat on the ground and was bitten during the encounter. Obviously the dog wasn't current on rabies vaccination or the vaccine failed.
Our livestock guard dogs and barn dogs are in constant contact with skunks, coons, possums, whatever might transgress into their area so we keep them properly vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and whatever else the vet feels is needed.

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:26 am 
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Luckily,, in general,, rabies in bats seems to only affect about 5% of the overall population. Exposure can come from a bite usually,,. If the bat was sick,, and on the ground,, a likely possibility if the dog licked it, etc. Saliva, or brain tissue is how it's transferred. Luckily,, once the host animal dies,, the body temp drops to the point the virus will die soon after an animal is dead.
In many states,, it's not a legal requirement to vaccinate livestock against it,, but often people do so "just in case."

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:37 pm 
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CUJO LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:50 pm 
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As I long time caver I have handled bats to keep from injuring them as I traverse their resting areas. Usually they fly off but sometimes not. I was in a gymnasium for a program one night when a bat came in, and when the lights came on the bat latched on to the wall. I picked it off the wall and took it outside to release it. Sadly we no longer see bats flitting around my farm. White nose disease has disseminated their ranks.
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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:47 am 
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Going completely "off the rails" but isn't the movie "CUJO" the absolute best ever reason to carry a gun?

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:37 am 
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Off the rails? Nahh,, it's your thread!

Cujo,, while a movie,, most likely inspired a bit by "Old Yeller" with Kings warped mind. And yes,, a large rabid dog,,, perfect reason to carry a gun. But King isn't a gun guy!!!!!! (Besides,, then Hollyweird wouldn't have a reason to spend 2 hours scaring the heck out of you!)

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:11 pm 
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Nah, not off the rails, just normal thread drift.

And since I introduced Cujo, have you ever wondered why a loving family didn't get the dog the rabies vaccination? For that matter, why haven't they developed a rabies vaccine for humans?

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:31 pm 
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"why haven't they developed a rabies vaccine for humans?"

Actually, they do have a "Pre-Exposure" rabies shot treatment for humans. And,, just like our pets,, a potential exposure usually requires a booster. Vets, animal workers, zoo folks etc get the treatment!

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:34 pm 
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Late summer 2018(August) my son heard what he thought were bats in his soffits, not his belfry.

He did some online study and then one eve as suggested he counted them as they exited his roof area--80 bats.

He later followed directions and installed excluders and got rid of em. Neighbor had some also and hired a professional.

I bet John paid $1500 to get rid of them. they did a nice job on the exclusion holes but not that nice.


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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:37 pm 
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contender wrote:
"why haven't they developed a rabies vaccine for humans?"

Actually, they do have a "Pre-Exposure" rabies shot treatment for humans. And,, just like our pets,, a potential exposure usually requires a booster. Vets, animal workers, zoo folks etc get the treatment!


I had the rabies prophylaxis a few years back. Supposed to be a lifetime shot with a booster IF YOU ARE BITTEN. It took 3 shots and I still carry my "rabies certificate". I got my shots because I was doing Federal approvals for Cal Trans in the Central Valley of Cali. Rabies can be transmitted through feces and urine (That stench of "pee" under overpasses isn't necessarily winos but bats who have to pee constantly).

BTW: My first shot came the same day I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot (The pneumonia hurt the most!).

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:43 am 
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Bats in these parts are getting rare haven't seen one in a few years. The contracted
some kinda disease like a fungus of some kind. They get white fungus on there nose.
Not sure exactly what its all about but i do know we no longer see bats at twilight as
we use to normally see. ps

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:51 am 
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White-nosed disease is getting worse. It is moving southward and westward. It will wipe out a whole colony and is highly contagious!

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 Post subject: Re: rabid bats
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:34 am 
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Yeah, White Nose has devastated the bat population in Middle Tn. The bats of my area have small mouths and the only place on my hand they could bite is the web. Everywhere else the skin is too tough or too big. I miss the “mice on wings”. They do a great job eating mosquitos and moths.
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