2 people find dead bat in salad they were eating

MIAMI — A recall has been issued after two people in Florida found a dead bat in the packaged salad they were eating.

The Miami Herald reports that Fresh Express has recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which was shipped to Wal-Mart stores in the Southeast.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bat was tested for rabies but because it was in deteriorated condition, rabies could not be ruled out.

The CDC said the risk of rabies transmission is low but recommended that the two people eating the salad start getting rabies treatment. The CDC says both report being in good health so far.

SC health officials say 6 more have died from flu

GREENVILLE, S.C. — State health officials say six more people died of flu in South Carolina during the last flu season.

The Greenville News reports that figures from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show that brings the total numbers of deaths from the virus this season to 53. Most of — 42 — were ages 65 and older.

Meanwhile, health officials in North Carolina say 15 more people died from the flu in the past week.

The latest report from the state Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday matches the total from the week ending Feb. 18, and is almost double the eight deaths which were reported last week. It’s also the seventh time in eight weeks that at least 10 people died from the flu in the state.

Also, the report said there was a slight decline in instances of the flu in North Carolina during the week.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from flu each year, depending on the severity of the season. Flu season typically runs from October to May, peaking in February.

Richmond officials seek to boost student vaccine compliance

RICHMOND, Va. — Officials say almost half of all sixth-graders in Richmond public schools missed class this year because they were not properly vaccinated.

Last year, 760 students had not received their Tdap vaccine, which guards against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, on the first day of school.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that’s up from 2015, when 516 sixth-graders, or 33 percent, had not received their Tdap vaccines.

In an effort to boost vaccination compliance, public health officials are working to bring nurses to schools to vaccinate fifth-graders before the summer.

Officials say vaccination rates have plateaued statewide recently, which state health officials attribute to a rising anti-vaccine movement.

But records show that only seven Richmond sixth-graders submitted religious or medical exemptions last year, suggesting there other reasons for children not getting vaccinated.

— Associated Press

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