Rabies concerns after bat infestation at Union Springs day care

Parents are urged to start preventative treatment of their children for rabies

ADPH investigating bats in day care

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is contacting parents whose children attend a Union Springs day care over rabies concerns brought on by a bat infestation.

ADPH is recommending all children who attend Turner’s ABC Learning Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard get preventative treatment for rabies as a result of their investigation.

ADPH was notified of a complaint and opened an investigation. On June 20, a public health environmentalist found bats living is some parts of the building as well as two dead bats.

The center voluntarily closed that day at ADPH’s and DHR’s request as a way of preventing any possible exposure.

Notices on the door of the learning center indicate it's closed until further notice after a bat infestation was found.
Notices on the door of the learning center indicate it's closed until further notice after a bat infestation was found. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

“A professional wildlife specialist has begun work and will identify and correct any issues at the daycare to protect the health of children, staff, and visitors,” ADPH said. "After this work is completed, ADPH will provide a courtesy inspection to look for any additional bats or environmental contamination from the bats that would pose a risk to the building occupants.”

A Batbusters truck was seen on the property Wednesday.
A Batbusters truck was seen on the property Wednesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Despite only a small percentage of all bats carrying rabies, the public should avoid coming into contact with the animals, either alive or dead, to prevent possible exposure to the disease.

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