Woman says she was bitten by rabies-positive bat near Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park

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Updated 8:31 am, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today comes a reminder that here in Houston for all of our modern conveniences us Houstonians are still sharing the city with wildlife, some which can hurt you. 

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A Houston woman is undergoing treatment for a rabid bat bite, according to a KHOU-TV report. That woman, Katie Koenig, told the outlet that she was bitten in an apartment complex parking garage last Thursday night off Memorial Drive. 

She said the bat bite felt like tiny needles. 

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The bat was later trapped by firefighters at the scene and was tested for rabies. A day later she was contacted and told that the bat did in fact carry the disease. 

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Now Koenig is undergoing a series of rather expensive rabies treatments, which according to her have been in excess of $4,000. Without insurance it’s a costly burden to bear.

As locals know, one of the largest collections of Mexican free-tail bats in the city resides under the Waugh Street bridge.

It’s a nightly highlight at dusk to watch the flying creatures roaming about for a feast of bugs. It’s a popular tourist attraction, although it’s not for the faint of heart or those scared of bats. 

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