Bats removed from Naples Family Fitness, Collier DOH wants to hear from people they affected

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Naples Family Fitness is bat-free after a bat family living in the gym was removed. The Collier County Health Department now wants to hear from anyone who has come into contact with them.

A gym worker said the bats were cleared about three days ago.

“They had a whole family. There are probably 8 to 10 flying at the same time. Yeah, I felt like I was at the zoo,” said Dain Odegaard, who came into contact with bats.

The fitness center is now free of nocturnal creatures.

RJ Paquette, personal trainer at Naples Family Fitness, said: “It’s been about two and a half, three days now since we’ve had any bats in the club that we’ve been able to see.”

The bats didn’t stop people from working out, however. “It didn’t really bother me,” Odegaard said.

If you have come into contact with the bats, the Collier County Health Department wants to hear from you to make sure you haven’t caught anything, such as rabies, from the animals.

“If you have handled the bat, or if you have potentially been bitten or scratched by a bat, you should contact the health department immediately,” said Kristine Hollingsworth of the Collier County Health Department.

The health department will investigate if you tell them you have been in contact with bats.

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