"The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies", the Atlanta-based agency said.
On Saturday, Fresh Express issued a recall of a limited number of salads.
Consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should throw it away and not eat it. Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled.
The mix in question was distributed exclusively to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the U.S. Walmart has since pulled the product from its shelves, the company adds, and no other Marketside salads are included in the recall.
A bag of salad mix went a little heavier on the "mix" than the "salad", reports CNN. Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall.
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The products were sold exclusively at Walmart stores in the Southeast.
An investigation into the matter is underway by the FDA and CDC in tandem. Bat World discussed numerous fallacies people have come to believe about bats through the years.
Although the possibility of rabies transmission was extremely low, it is not nil. According to Bat World, "although rare, exposures can also occur from contact between infected saliva or nervous tissues and open wounds or the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth". "CDC recommends that anyone who ate the recalled salad product and found animal material in it contact their health department for evaluation".
First it was e-coli, now it's dead bats. Due to the success of the rabies vaccination for pets in the US, contracting rabies from dogs and cats are rare in this country.