Another Rabid Bat Found; 1 Person Exposed

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(Courtesy: MGNOnline)

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — A bat that was recently caught in Brunswick tested positive for rabies, making it the seventh of its kind in Medina County.

One person who was exposed to the bat on Sept. 26 was advised to seek medical treatment immediately.

“Bats are common in Ohio and are good for our ecosystem,” said Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski. “However, they can be a nuisance if found in your home. Since we’ve made the community more aware of the health risk associated with rabies, more citizens are capturing and sending the bats to us for testing. Consequently we are seeing a slight increase in those testing positive for the disease. While we encourage the capture of bats found inside a home, we strongly discourage people from ‘hunting’ bats to bring in … Our first concern is testing those that may have had contact with humans or pets.”

The Medina County Health Department said to capture a bat inside a home or building, follow these precautions:

  • Wear gloves and avoid direct skin contact with the bat.
  • Avoid harming the bat’s head.
  • Contain the bat in one room by closing windows and doors.
  • Keep room lights on and wait for the bat to land.
  • Cover the bat with a coffee can or similar container. Slide a piece of cardboard under the can to trap the bat and tape the cardboard tightly to the container.
  • If necessary, use a net or long pole with a piece of duct tape (sticky side out) to capture the bat.
  • Do not use a glue board as this may affect the rabies test.
  • Do not drown the bat or damage the head as this also affects the rabies test.
  • The Medina County Health Department can also provide a list of licensed animal control professionals that may be contacted.

 

If a person is exposed to a bat, the Medina County Health Department Environmental Health Division should be contacted at 1-888-723-9688, option 3.

Call local law enforcement if the time is outside of regular business hours.

A veterinarian should be called if a pet is exposed.