Several bat bites in Haute-Vienne in recent days

With the high temperatures of the last few weeks, airing your home in the evening has almost become a habit. While hunting at nightfall, bats sometimes lose their sense of direction. It is therefore not surprising to see this animal flying around in one of your lighted rooms where the insects take refuge.

Four bites in less than a week

Often carrier of diseases such as rabies, it is therefore necessary to take all precautions in contact with the mammal. In Haute-Vienne, there are four bites in the space of a few days.

“In one week, several patients had the good reflex to come and see us after a bite. Rabies is deadly, you have to be very careful in the face of this risk, ”recalls Sophie Ducroix-Roubertou, infectious disease specialist. A simple scratch or bite can therefore transmit the virus.

1% of bats infected

“Fortunately, the infection is very rare or even exceptional,” she reassures. To avoid injury, it is advisable not to chase it.

“Yesterday, a patient wanted to catch one with a rag. He got bitten through this one. »

A protocol is thought out as soon as the bat attacks. “We inject immunoglobulins fairly close to the bite with a large quantity of antibodies directed against the virus. »

Vaccination is also possible as a preventive measure and is recommended after diagnosis by the doctor. It provides for four injections in twenty-one days.

What to do in contact with the animal?

Here are some important reminders to apply when in contact with the animal.

Don’t touch them. This is the first cause of bites. Leaving her out of the house alone is recommended.

Turn off the lights. Close the door to the room, open the window. A few minutes should be enough to see the animal leave.

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She is hurt. Contact specialists such as a veterinarian who can intervene in this situation.

I got bitten. Immediately wash your skin for several minutes. Then, contact a specialist who can assess the relevance of preventive vaccination.

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