Posted by Don on 0:38:57 6/2/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
Here's our scenario:
My fiancee came home from work one afternoon and noticed a small, dead brown bat in front of her washer and dryer about 5 feet outside of her bedroom door. She has no idea how it got into house (she lives in the Seattle area) and she has never had a bat problem before in this residence.
Here's where it gets tricky. She does sleep with her door open so "technically", according to the CDC and various health departments in the area, she is considered to have been exposed to potential rabies. She was completely asleep the night before and was never awakened during the course of the night (although she does feel like she dreamed there were birds in her room-as weird as that sounds)
She has no strange markings on her or any physical sign of a bite or contact. I know bats usually only bite if provoked, but I also know it can be extremely difficult to tell if a small brown bat has bitten or scratched you in your sleep.
To add even more stress to the situation, she has 2 indoor cats (that NEVER have access to the outdoors-eliminating the bat being drug in) and it almost looked like they may have nibbled on the bat carcass. My fiancee is hard pressed to say whether or not the cats jumped up on the bed and did the usually "kneading" and such over the course of the last week. We can only assume they did.
The cats have been separated and one has been quarantined as he did not have a current rabies booster.
We have followed the orders of the local health department and submitted the rat to local testing at the state lab for rabies. The tests came back today inconclusive. :(
Keeping in mind that we know the odds are in our favor and only .05% of the bat population carry the rabies virus, we are at our wits end stressing out on what to do next.
When we heard that rabies vaccinations are "expensive", we figured a couple hundred dollars. We had no idea that these shots can cost upwards of $10k!!! This is most definitely out of our budget and would probably cripple us financially.
We are going to make some more calls and gather more info tomorrow and hope to get a return call back from the state lab to answer more questions we have.
I know you're not a doctor, but we are desperately searching for any additional info or things we may have overlooked to help us during this seriously stressful time. I am just wondering if you have had any personal experience in this area or what you would do if it were a loved one in this scenario.
Thank you so much for your time.
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