Swiss couple that handled rabid bat in Florida located

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By: Associated Press
January 27, 2018

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Florida public health officials say a Swiss couple who recently handled a bat in East Naples that turned out to have rabies has been located and the two are getting medical attention.

The Swiss government located the couple. They have returned to Switzerland, and the government is ensuring appropriate care is being provided.

The Naples Daily News reports that on Jan. 18, the Collier County health department said a unidentified couple believed to be from Switzerland transported a bat to a veterinary clinic. The couple came into contact with the bat outside a store.

Tests results revealed that the bat had rabies.

The rabies virus is spread through saliva, and humans can become infected through a bite wound, scratch or exposure of a fresh cut to saliva of a rabid animal.

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