Students getting rabies shots after child finds bat, brings it to school

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-12 17:14:47-04

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – At least eight people are getting rabies shots and a Montana school is notifying all students and families after a student found a bat and brought it to school.

State officials told the Associated Press the student’s family of seven and a classmate who handled the bat at North Middle School in Great Falls have started the series of shots to prevent the potentially fatal disease.

The school is notifying about 150 families with students who may have been exposed to the bat in school or on the bus.

State epidemiologist Elton Mosher told the Associated Press the bat was found in the basement of a home and that the student released it before it could be tested.