JBSA basic trainees to receive rabies shot after bats sighted in dorms

JBSA  basic trainees to receive rabies shot after bats sighted in dorms

JBSA basic trainees to receive rabies shot after bats sighted in dorms

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by Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM

 SAN ANTONIO -- More than 200 Air Force basic trainees at the Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland will be given rabies shots after bats were sighted in the dormitory buildings over the past week-and-a-half, according to officials. 

The bats were seen the same occupied by 310 basic military trainees from the 331st Training Squadron. No trainees have reported bat bites. 

So far three bats have been captured with two released and the third kept for rabies testing. They are believed to be Mexican Free Tailed Bats, which are known to be potential rabies carriers, officials said. 

There is no evidence of nesting in the building and Entomology and Civil Engineer personnel are working to make sure the building's exterior is sealed to prevent further access. 

Rabies is a potentially fatal disease with symptoms that don't manifest until the late stages, typically. The disease has an incubation period of weeks to months, officials said.  The disease is not contagious person-to-person and the rabies vaccine is 100 percent effective when given prior to onset of symptoms. 

JBSA officials did not consider the situation an emergency but said they are exercising caution. 

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