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03/24/05

Apartment Complex Taking Action Against Bats

Are you worried about bats? Some men found a rabid bat in their apartment this week. Those three are still undergoing treatment. Their apartment complex is taking action, too.

"I've seen them about three times after the sun has completely gone down," said Lamont Pinson, who lives at Hunter's Bluff on Savannah's south side.

Although Pinson says he and his wife have actually seen bats when they go jogging in the evening, they had no idea they actually infiltrated some of their neighbors' apartments.

After three people woke up to bats like these flying around their room, signs are now posted warning tenants of the problem.

"We have been going through apartment to apartment checking any sort of doors that may be open, screens that may be loose, making sure nothing does happen to anybody else," said property manager Rebecca Simmons.

Since you can't feel a bat's bites, there's no sure way to know if anyone was actually bitten. However, one bat found in the complex has tested positive for rabies, so tenants are being warned to take precautions, but say they won't be run off by bats.

"When we go jogging, I'll keep my eye out, but other than that it's not something that's at the forefront of my mind," said Pinson.

Rabies is a fatal disease, but it is treatable. If you think you've been bitten by or have come in contact with a bat, call the 24-hour Georgia poison control hotline at 800.222.1222 or the Health Department Environmental Health Office at 912.356.2160.

Or page Sharon Varn at 912.921.6177.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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