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Staff Writer

   Members of a Grenada family are taking a series of painful and expensive shots to prevent contracting rabies after encountering a bat Monday.
   According to Diana Davis, she and her daughter, her granddaughter and her four-year-old grandson were walking in the Hidden Valley Subdivision on Tom Grant Road around sundown, when a bat swooped down and attacked the boy, who was riding his bicycle.
   “We were startled, and immediately we ran over and began swatting the bat, and we got it off my grandson, and then I stepped on it,” said Davis.
   They gathered their senses, and Davis’s daughter realized that she had a scrape on her hand.   They went to a nearby neighbor’s house and asked for a jar to put the bat in.
   The family contacted the Grenada Health Department, and the bat was sent to the central office in Jackson where it was determined to have rabies.
   By Wednesday evening, Davis’s daughter and grandson were on their way to Jackson to get the first round of shots to prevent infection. Davis’s granddaughter didn’t come in contact with the bat, and Diana Davis went for shots later.
   They were terrified, and rightly so, according to the Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.

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