AUSTINTOWN — There was potential human exposure to a rabid bat found in a Boardman home Sunday, which may lead to family members being vaccinated for the deadly rabies virus.
The residents captured the bat in a plastic container and contacted the Mahoning County District Board of Health. They were advised to put the bat on ice so it would not deteriorate before being sent to the Ohio Department of Health laboratory for testing Monday, said Patricia Sweeney, county health commissioner.
Sweeney said there was “potential human exposure” and the family has been in contact with the health board’s medical director, Dr. John Venglarcik, and their personal physician to determine if the person or persons exposed should receive the vaccination.
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