rabies in a bat

Mike Sussman sussman at cvm.msu.edu
Wed Feb 28 17:01:56 EST 1996


Ralph Cordell,

It's nice of you to reply, and I agree that most vets would not go 
 the route of saliva, or corneal imprint testing in bats, but I do 
 know a few.  I did not get that much detail from the the original 
 post and was not sure whether the animal was just a wild bat or an 
 exotic pet.  Because veternarians have an important role in public 
 health issues concerning zoonotics, such a contact would allow the 
 disposition of the situation to be determined.  However, if there are 
 people who may require treatment, then there is of course no 
 alternative, but to perform FAT on fresh  brain tissue.  I am always 
 concerned about offending various groups such as animal rights in 
 this type of case.  Thanks again.



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