Bat Tests Positive for Rabies
A bat in Carson City has tested positive for rabies, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. There is NO known human exposure to the bat. Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). People get rabies from the bite of an animal with rabies. You can also be exposed to rabies if infected saliva or tissue containing rabies gets into a fresh wound (one that has bled within 24 hours) or the eyes, nose or mouth.
As temperatures in Northern Nevada begin to cool down, the local bat population begins its annual migration to locations where food (primarily bugs) remains plentiful. Bats are nocturnal, and any bat that is active by day, is found in a place where bats are usually not seen, or is unable to fly, is far more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often the most easily approached, so it is best never to handle any bat.
Bats have small, sharp teeth that may not leave a visible puncture wound or noticeable pain at the bite site. It is possible to be bitten by a bat and not realize it. Therefore, it is very important to seek medical advice/attention: (a) if you awaken and there is a bat in your home and/or (b) you have had any physical contact with a bat.
If you think you have been bitten by a bat, wash the wound with soap and water for five minutes and seek medical attention immediately. If you think your pet or domestic animal has been bitten by a bat, contact Carson City Animal Services immediately.
Carson City Health and Human Services urges the following precautions:
· Maintain current rabies vaccinations on all dogs and cats three (3) months of age and older.
· Confine all pets or keep them on a leash.
· All persons, especially children, are warned to avoid all sick or injured animals.
· All stray or wild animals should be avoided, particularly skunks and bats observed during the day.
· Report all bat bites or any physical contact with bats (with or without a bite) to Carson City Animal Services.
For concerns about contact with bats, please call Carson City Health and Human Services at 887-2190.