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Volume 11, Number 2—February 2005

Dispatch

Bat Incidents at Children’s Camps, New York State, 1998–2002

Amy Robbins*, Millicent Eidson*Comments to Author , Mary Keegan*, Douglas Sackett*, and Brian Laniewicz*
Author affiliations: *New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA

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Children’s camp bat incidents and number of persons reported, New York State, 1998−2002*

Bat incidents 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Total
Reported incidents (June–August) 45 34 74 74 72 299
No. of incidents with bat submitted for testing (%) 19 (42.2) 5 (14.7) 44 (59.4) 50 (67.5) 43 (59.7) 161 (53.8)
No. of incidents with rabid bat 0 0 4 0 0 4
No. of camps reporting incidents 16 21 46 42 40 109
No. of persons in reported incidents 334 145 386 331 233 1,429

*From 1998 to 2000, all bat incidents at children’s camps were requested for reporting. From 2001 to 2002, only bat incidents resulting in concern about potential rabies exposure were requested for reporting.

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