Bats Excluded from Naples Family Fitness, Collier DOH wants to hear from people they’ve touched



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.

An employee at the gym said the bats were cleared about three days ago.

“They had a whole family. There can be eight to 10 of them flying around at once. Yes, it feels like I’m at the zoo,” said Dain Odegaard, who has been in contact with bats.

The fitness center is now devoid of nocturnal creatures.

RJ Paquette, a personal trainer at Naples Family Fitness, said, “It’s been about two and a half, three days we haven’t had any bats in the club that we can see.”

However, the bats don’t stop people from exercising. “It doesn’t really bother me,” Odegaard said.

If you’ve been exposed to bats, the Collier County Health Department wants to hear from you so they can make sure you don’t get anything, such as rabies, from the animals.

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

The Department of Health will investigate if you tell them you have been exposed to bats.

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