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Bat intrusions at a tertiary care center in Iowa, 2018–2020

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 August 2021

Mohammed A. Alsuhaibani*
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
Angelique Dains
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Takaaki Kobayashi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Lorinda L. Sheeler
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Alexandra Trannel
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Stephanie Holley
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Alexandre R. Marra
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa Albert Einstein, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil
Oluchi J. Abosi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Kyle E. Jenn
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Holly Meacham
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
William Etienne
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Mary E. Kukla
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Bill Millard
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Melanie Wellington
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Daniel J. Diekema
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Jorge L. Salinas
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
*
Author for correspondence: Mohammed A. Alsuhaibani, E-mail: moa.alsuhaibani@qu.edu.sa

Abstract

We described the epidemiology of bat intrusions into a hospital and subsequent management of exposures during 2018–2020. Most intrusions occurred in older buildings during the summer and fall months. Hospitals need bat intrusion surveillance systems and protocols for bat handling, exposure management, and intrusion mitigation.

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

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