According to Baltimore city health officials, the city has seen an 11 percent increase in rabid bats this year, with 12 having already tested positive for rabies.
Officials reported last Friday that they have seized a total of 183 bats so far this year. Last year Maryland health officials seized 222 bats with only 11 of them testing positively for rabies.
This news arrives just as the recently released report of the death of a 19-year-old Mexican migrant farm worker died last August after catching rabies when a vampire bat bit his foot while sleeping.
Although the bats may seem dangerous, the threat of the rabies spreading from the “winged rodents” to humans is not as severe as it may seem. The last reported case of human rabies in Maryland was in 1976, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
-Summer editorial intern Tyler Green wrote this piece