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If a bat is found in a room and the occupants are uncertain if direct contact has occurred (for example, a baby is sleeping, a mentally disabled person is present), do you need to give postexposure prophylaxis?

Unless rabies can be ruled out by diagnostic testing of the bat, rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is recommended. Because the details of these recommendations are fairly complex and depend on various factors, consultation with state and local health departments should be sought.

Last reviewed: May 14, 2023

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