Discovery of rabid bat on school playground prompts closure
Aug. 31, 2018
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rabid bat has been found on a Kentucky elementary school's playground, prompting the school to close and check for more bats.
The Courier Journal reports Franklin County Schools officials say Hearn Elementary School will reopen Sept. 4. A district statement says the Frankfort school closed Thursday following the Tuesday discovery of the rabid bat.
No students are believed to have been exposed. However, Franklin County Health Department spokeswoman Brittany Parker says a person was exposed to rabies and vaccinated.
Another district statement says three dead bats were found in the school Thursday, and one tested positive for rabies. The statement says the school will be cleaned Friday.
Parker says this is the county's first positive case of rabies in an animal since 2006.
Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com