Bats in Iowa hospital buildings lead to patient safety alert

July 31, 2019

Bats in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently prompted patient safety alerts, according to an article on The Gazette website.

The most recent bat was found in a stairwell on the fourth level of the Roy Carver Pavilion. 

The hospital receives about 10 reports of bats in its facilities a year.

A trained member of the university’s environmental services supervisory staff will capture the bat and retain it while determining whether anyone was exposed to the rabies virus, which bats can transmit to humans through bites and scratches, according to the alert, the article said.

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