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

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Aug 16;1-3. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.355. Online ahead of print.


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.