March 7, 2014
Loudoun County officials have sent letters
to nearly a thousand Girl Scouts who may have been exposed to the
rabies virus at a Northern Virginia camp.
The letters recommend the girls consider getting protective
Officials say there's only a small chance any of the girls were
infected by bats that were found in some of the children's sleeping
shelters at Camp Potomac Woods.
But because around one percent of bats carry rabies, officials
are being cautious.
Last month, a camper told her mom she'd slept in a shelter that
had bats living under the eaves. Officials then learned a few girls
may have touched a bat, and some girls hadn't used protective
netting around their beds.
Five bats caught at the camp's shelters have tested negative for
The Loudoun health department sent letters to the parents of
around 950 girls who attended the camp through July 22nd. Most of
those have decided against the shots. But at least 14 girls have
begun receiving the vaccine.