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