Rabid bat bites Lee's Summit man - KCTV5

Rabid bat bites Lee's Summit man

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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

A rabid bat bit a man as he was standing on his Lee's Summit deck last week, police said.

Animal control officers said they recovered the bat on July 9 from a home in the 100 block of Northeast Misty Meadow Lane.

Daillie Rafol and his wife were trying to enjoy a cozy nighttime barbecue the day before, when the unexpected visitor caused the night to take a turn for the worse.

"While I was grilling I was standing like this and I felt something nibble on my toes," Rafol said.

The bat had been hiding under his grill when it decided to help himself to Rafol's big toe.

"I didn't think the bite was that bad," he said.

Feeling no pain, Rafol went on about his business. The next day, the bat was still hanging around.

"I tried to get a broom and make it go away but it just kept hanging there," his wife Nell Rafol said.

Since the bat didn't seem to want to leave, the couple called Lee's Summit Animal Control.

The bat was sent for rabies testing. On Tuesday, the results came back that the bat had tested positive for rabies.

Daillie Rafol had already been to the hospital and started the precautionary series of rabies shots. He has a series of rabies shots to take. He said, so far, he's had five injections and has two more to go. He said one of the doses was pretty painful, but he feels fine.

This incident is the third bat recovered in Lee's Summit this year that has tested positive for rabies.

The previous incidents were on June 1 in the 800 block of Northeast Chestnut Street and on June 8 in the 1200 block of Southwest Walnut Street.

Police remind residents to avoid direct contact with any dead animals or animals that appear to be sick.

"If you see a bat, leave them alone, don't go near it, don't touch it," said Rodney Wagner, the manager of Lee's Summit Animal Control.

Lee's Summit will recover wild animals for free, other cities may not.

Pet owners are also reminded to have their pets vaccinated against rabies on an annual basis.

The bats sneak in homes through ventilation lines and tiny holes. They are more common in neighborhoods at dusk.

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