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.
Check it out here:
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.
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. Coli or antiobiotic-resistant staph infections.