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On-flight Stowaway Bat is Cause for Rabies Concern

Travel News — By christinegarvin on August 19, 2011 at 9:40 am
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Ok, this might have to be the scariest thing we’ve heard (or thought about) in a while.

Though we appreciate that bats take care of the summer moquitos that like to attack us in our backyards, we’re not so keen on one hanging out on a flight with us.

That’s exactly what happened on a recent Delta flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta. The bat took to flying the friendly skies, and the length of the cabin.

Check it out here:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXLnJYjL2OE[/youtube]

The problem is, once the plane returned to Madison, the bat escaped without officials being able to catch it. They planned to test the bat to see if it carried rabies.

Now, there is hoopla about the fact that the airline could only track down the names of the 15 people who reboarded the flight to Atlanta (we can’t help but wonder with all the FAA regulations, why they don’t have the information for the rest of the passengers?), and the CDC wants to talk to all passengers about possible rabies risk.

Image: mooby/Flickr

Considering none of the passengers seems to have been bitten by the bat, and even the CDC itself states that only about 6% have rabies (and new research suggets this number is greatly inflated), are we really that worried about a rabies outbreak from this flight?

Of course, we’re sure the CDC has nothing better to do with their time, certainly not like dealing with E.┬áColi or antiobiotic-resistant staph infections.

Tags: atlanta, bat on a plane, Center for Disease Control, Delta Airlines, rabies, wisconsin

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