Bat bite at Longview store leads to rabies treatment
POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:14pm
Longview, TX — A Longview woman said Tuesday she has been advised by physicians and state health officials to undergo a series of rabies vaccinations after being bitten Monday night by a bat at a Longview retailer.
LaKishia Wiley, 42, said she was picking up concrete cinder blocks at Home Depot and placing them on a cart when she felt something crawl onto her hand.
“I thought it was a rat at first, and I pulled my hand back and screamed,” Wiley said. “And my friend there with me screamed. I said, ‘That’s a rat!’ and my friend said, ‘No! That’s a bat!’ ”
Wiley said her friend ran to get a store employee, “And we told him ‘There’s a bat’ and he said, ‘It’s a warehouse. They get in here from time to time — bats, rats and birds.”
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