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Rabies vaccine in short supply

Rabies vaccine in short supply



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You could call September "bat month" in Utah.

Utah County Health Department Director Dr. Jospeh Minor said, "September's always when we see bats infest public buildings or attics in homes."

Minor says touching or trying to catch a bat is always a bad idea because they can carry rabies. This year there's an added problem. "The rabies vaccine is in short supply now," Minor said.

The vaccine is being rationed by the government, so only those in high-risk situations are able to get it.

Minor said, "The vaccine for people who work with animals is being delayed or postponed, so that what is available is available for people who absolutely have been definitely exposed or possibly exposed."

In Utah County alone this year, 13 people have been given the rabies vaccine.

Minor says if you can get close enough to a bat to touch it, the bat is probably sick. He also says if you wake up and find a bat in your bedroom you will need to be vaccinated.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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