Bats & Rabies

By: Kim Russell
By: Kim Russell

It’s bat season. Baby bats are leaving the nest, and getting lost, sometimes in your home. It’s a situation that can be dangerous.

Most Cases of human rabies are caused by sick bats. Because of that doctors say you need to take extra precautions. Bat proof your home by fixing loose shingles, and fill in any holes a bat could go through.

If you are bitten or exposed to a rabid bat, you need to get medical treatment before symptoms appear or rabies is almost always deadly. Experts say if you find a bat in a room where you were sleeping, you should consider yourself exposed to the bat. This is because a bat can bite you in your sleep with their small teeth, and you may not even know it.

The treatment is expensive and involves getting several shots over the course of four weeks. To prevent unnecessary treatment catch the bat, and then contact your health department to find out how to have it tested for rabies. That way you know what you’re facing.

For more information go to www.mmdhd.org.


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