A woman and her 15-year-old daughter who were sleeping in the same room in their
Rehovot home woke up to discover that both had been scratched by a stray bat who
entered through the window and, in its confusion, caused them harm while trying
Both were taken to the city’s Kaplan Medical Center, treated
and given passive and active vaccinations against rabies.
The mother and
daughter both found the same kind of scratches, some of them deep, on the left
side of their necks.
They told doctors that they both woke up from the
wounds. The vaccine was injected near the wound and in a muscle. The case was
reported to the Health Ministry as required.
“We didn’t really see the
bat because it was total darkness in the room, but we woke up a second after we
were both scratched,” the mother said.
“Apparently, the bat came through
the first-floor window in our two-story home, flew to the upper floor and looked
for a way to get out. On his way out the bedroom window, he apparently
scratched us with his claws.”
Dr. Baruch Gonen, head of the pediatric
emergency room, said the scratches certainly could be from a stray
“When they came to the hospital, we cleaned the wounds thoroughly.
In a few days, they both will receive four additional shots to prevent
The physician said that in any case in which a person is bitten
or scratched by a mammal, they should go immediately to a hospital emergency