Rabid Bat Roaming Campus

An all campus alert reported a bat suspicious for rabies on East Bank.

A bat was spotted around 11 a.m. Wednesday on the path by Donhowe Building on east bank campus. The bat’s conduct during the morning hours was suspected for rabies. The Minnesota Department of Health staff were unable to track down the bat to rabies test it. 

Those who came into a physical proximity with the bat are to immediately contact their doctor or MHD to decide if rabies shots are needed. 

Minnesota bats may have rabies and students should refrain from physical contact with the animal. Rabies is considered a terminal disease that is transferred through bite from contaminated species. Bats are especially concerning because their teeth are so small that their bite may not be felt by the victim or leave a clear impression. 

This is a breaking news story. More information may be added as it becomes available.