Several Layton High students tested for rabies after bat exposure

School to remain open, local health dept. says

LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Several Layton High School students will be tested for rabies after a  bat infestation at the school.

According to Davis County School District officials, thousands of Brazilian Free-Tailed bats flooded the auditorium and hallways of Layton High earlier this week. An animal removal company has been visiting the school each morning and evening to relocate the bats until they make a natural migration.

Students were instructed not to touch the bats, but officials said students were "playing with" and "touching" a dead bat in the hallway Wednesday. 

Two students were tested for rabies at McKay-Dee Hospital. School officials say they are still working to identify and contact five other students who allegedly touched the bats. The treatment, rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), requires a series of shots: one dose of immune globulin and four doses of rabies vaccine over a 14-day period. 

Officials with the Davis County Health Department said they agree with the school district's decision to keep the auditorium closed and to keep the school open for classes. 

If you or anyone you know has come in contact with a bat at Layton High School call the Davis County Health Department 801-525-5200.


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