Editor’s note: This article summarizes key points from two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The comment sections might include additional information that did not appear in the original publications. To subscribe to MMWR, visit www.cdc.gov/MMWR.
u “Assessment of Risk Exposure to Bats in Sleeping Quarters Before and During Remediation — Kentucky, 2012.” MMWR. 2013;62(19):382-384, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6219a2.htm.
Bats are a reservoir for rabies virus and have been identified as the most frequent source of human rabies infections acquired in the United States. Since 2002, the source of infection for 21 of 24 domestically acquired human rabies cases resulted from human exposure to bats.