Bat from Wake Forest lab determined not to have rabies

A bat in a Wake Forest University research laboratory that was suspected of carrying rabies was determined not to have the disease after testing by the state. The results were reported to the university on Aug. 15.

The tests were conducted immediately after the bat exhibited possible rabies symptoms on Aug. 13. The bat was one of several used in a study of the interactions between bats and moths.

Three Wake Forest students—two graduate and one undergraduate—working in the Reynolda Campus lab were exposed to the bat.

All three students had received pre-exposure vaccinations, but had begun receiving post-exposure rabies treatments as a precaution before tests indicated the bat did not have rabies.

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