Health Department Intervenes After Gym Invaded by Bats | Athletic Business

Health Department Intervenes After Gym Invaded by Bats

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Officials in Florida’s Collier County are hoping to hear from anyone who might have come in contact with a family of bats that were recently removed from a fitness center.

The Collier County Department of Health wants to ensure that no one who came in contact with the bats at Naples Family Fitness has been infected with rabies or any other diseases. 

“They had a whole family. There’s probably eight to 10 of them at once flying around. Yeah, felt like I was at the zoo,” Dain Odegaard, who came in contact with bats, told WINK.

RJ Paquette, a personal trainer at the facility, said the bats didn’t stop anyone from working out. 

Collier County Health just wants to be on the safe side. 

“If you have handled the bat, or potentially been bitten or scratched by a bat, you need to contact the health department right away,” said Kristine Hollingsworth with the Collier County Health Department.

The health department said it will help anyone who thinks they might have had contact with the bats.

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