Dryden, N.Y. — There is an “urgent need” to find the three children who were playing with a rabid bat in a village of Dryden park this week, health officials said Thursday.

“It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment,” said a news release from the Tompkins County Health Department.

“Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. There is no cost for rabies treatment.”

The children poked the bat with sticks, officials have said. Health department officials are asking anyone with information about the children to call 274-6688 “anytime day or night.”

For more, read The Ithaca Voice story from yesterday: Officials ask for help finding kids who poked bat with rabies in Dryden park

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.