Bats Seen In NC Shelter; 11 People Get Vaccinations

Eleven people must get rabies vaccinations and 15 dogs will be quarantined for six months after bats were found in a former gym in Edenton that was used as an animal shelter during Hurricane Irene.

The former D.F. Walker Elementary School was used as an animal shelter for two nights as the storm passed through North Carolina. Jerry Parks of Albemarle Regional Health Services says 11 people stayed in the gym with 30 dogs and five cats.

No one is aware of being bitten by bats that were seen flying around. But Parks says that could have happened without anyone noticing as the people and pets slept. Bats are considered a high risk for rabies.

The 15 dogs that weren't up-to-date on rabies vaccinations will be quarantined for six months.


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  • by Dawg on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Most bats do not carry rabies in North Carolina; only about three percent of bats are infected. They should have captured and had the bats tested. Putting the people through the dangerous shots is a real risk to thier lives and the quarantine for the animals is horrible for the animals. I don't understand why the people would not have a current rabeis vaccination for their pets and risk putting them through this, nor why the county would house animals and put their employees in a place infested with bats.
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      by JAN on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to Dawg
      Sorry to burst your bubble but almost all bats are 99.99% infected with rabies. Was biten by a bat and have every medical and fact that bats are very rabid and if you come in contact with one please go to the er. I am not trying to make anyone mad just do not minimize this.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to JAN
        The state site says different http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/vet.html
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          by JAN on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to
          THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY ARE RABID
  • by Dracula Location: Edenton on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    Now I know why people in Edenton are so unfriendly..they are home to Vampires...ughhh....Stupid people, quarantine my dog for 6 months? NEVER...! catch a bat and check them first....or are you scared? bohoooooooo
  • by REALLY? on Sep 9, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    I am sure that if one of the dogs did by chance get bit by a bat, that one of the 11 people would have heard the crying and yapping. Unbelievable. I wouldn't let my dog stay in quarantined for 6 months.
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      by jan on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to REALLY?
      I was bit by a bat and never felt it. Thank God we found the bat-was in my home.
  • by Fran on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    How many of the bats tested positive for rabies?
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      by witchy on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:03 PM in reply to Fran
      my thoughts too. Did they even think to test these bats before dishing our vaccines and quarantines?
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      by Fred Garvin on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to Fran
      Good question. The one experience I had with a bat in my home - years ago when I was a teenager - we had an exterminator come and capture it. Might be a little harder in a school gymnasium, but you have to get them out somehow, so certainly they could be caught and tested, even if it required shooting them with a bb gun.
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        by JAN on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Fred Garvin
        Went to er and asked should i bring the bat in and the doctor on call said there was no need to do that because 99% of bats are rabid. The nurse that was working with me said i needed to have the bat sent off and call animal control. Called animal control and they said they did not need to send the bat off because they are always rabid. we had the bat in a box but no-one would ever send it off.
  • by kathryn Location: gatesville on Sep 9, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    I talked with the lady earlier this week who owns the cute little dog on the cover of The Chowan Herald regarding this story. It is really heartbreaking. I hope the six months goes by fast for the pets and their owners.
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    so sorry for the people, and feel even worse for the animals, 6 mo? seems like a long time, dont you know those little animals feel deserted? what a shame
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      by lee on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to ncyankee
      The quarantine of the dogs for 6 months is because rabies can take anywhere from 3 mos. to a year to show up. Thats why people need to take this seriously-once the symptoms arise then its too late-there is no cure for rabies that is why you need to go to er immediately if come in contact with bat or anything else you are not sure of. Please do not make light of this.
  • by Had to be on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Had to be Edenton. That beautiful little town. Bats, getting rid of the county manager. There is no place like Edenton. NOT!!!!That town and county has never tried to help the people who live there.
  • by me Location: Snow Hill on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Since when were tiny little brown bats "a high risk for rabies"? They are all over the place in eastern NC. They eat bugs! You can even buy "bat houses" to attract more to your property to control insects...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Nasty. Yuck. Gross. Well, I am never sleeping in a shelter. I will drive far west and find a motel with any vacancies.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to
      Could not get a room anywhere in the mountains as I was preparing to go backpacking one time because of a hurricane.
  • by Dawg on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    So they tell people to leave their homes because it is not safe and put them someplace less safe? I am sorry for the people having to go through this and even sorrier for the pets whose owner did not make sure they were current on their rabies vaccination.
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      by Chowan on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:18 PM in reply to Dawg
      The shelter was for animals only! The people that was there were workers. This animinal shelter was put in place for people who evacuated to higher ground.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:18 PM in reply to Chowan
        Wow! that is even worse, the county endagers the empolyees by puting them in a place full of rabid bats.
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      by ed on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to Dawg
      there you go. enough said.
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        by dog on Sep 11, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to ed
        Reminder some of these were not old enough to even have shots or fosters that were recovering from being immaciated granted everyone needed to be vaccinated but who thinks when hurricane is coming......
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