What’s the worst that can happen? We’ve written about the many “worst case” scenarios a bat infestation presents. This one is remarkably stunning. The state of Alabama strongly recommends the parents of more than fifty children enrolled in a daycare with a bat infestation vaccinate their children against rabies. In addition, the daycare facility is shutting down to treat the bat infestation and clean up any lingering mess.
So, is that the worst-case scenario? Unfortunately, no, we see a couple other ways bad could get worse.
Rabies Shots Costs
In the United States, your local emergency room is often the only place that stocks the lifesaving drugs that prevent rabies from developing after a bat exposure. Rabies is 100% fatal without treatment.
There is also no cost control over rabies shots in the United States as there is in other similar countries like England or Canada. This means the ER can charge you pretty much whatever they want to for the shot itself. Compound that with outrageous ER fees just for being seen there. And no, they don’t charge you less because you don’t have any other choice. You will still pay ER prices.
The cost for going to the ER and getting rabies shots is often $10,000 and up depending on supply and demand of the shots. (We won’t go into the height of summer prices when we’ve seen them hit $60,000 per person for the whole set of rabies shots.) Even with good insurance, many people are left holding a bill for $4,000 or more. If you don’t have insurance, you’re responsible for the whole bill.
So, who’s going to pay that bill in the case of the Alabama daycare? If it was your child in this situation, are you footing the bill? You have to protect your child.
The daycare center is voluntarily closing to address the bat infestation and has been praised for doing so by the state’s public health veterinarian. After the bat removal there will be a cleanup and an inspection by a state health department before they will be reopened.
The daycare is reporting the bat infestation has only been present for about three weeks during which time two dead bats were found in the first-floor hallway.
The daycare center is paying a healthy bill to get the needed bat removal and cleanup done, losing revenue from being closed, and has the possibility of being sued by parents that can’t pay for rabies treatment for their children. This is a sad, no win situation for anyone
What Could Have Been Done Differently?
We’ve gotten calls from daycare’s before. Any building is able to be infested by bats and it doesn’t mean the place is dirty or in bad condition. Bats are wild animals and can get in where they really want to. We’ve also had daycare centers that we’ve inspected refuse to address the problem.
The best thing you can do is address it as soon as you are aware of it. The next punch list item is sending any bats you catch or find to the state lab to be tested for rabies. Keeping children with adults at all times if you know there are bats present is a good practice as well. The CDC recommends rabies shots for children alone in a room with a bat, read why here.
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