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Rabid Bat Found In Clark County Home

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Authorities are warning residents in Clark County after a rabid bat was found inside a home last week.

On Friday, June 7, a Springfield family discovered a bat in their house.  The bat was captured by the family, and picked-up by the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD).  On Tuesday, June 11, the CCCHD was notified that testing completed by the Ohio Department of Health indicates the bat is positive for rabies.

Rabies is a serious disease that is caused by a virus.  The virus travels through the central nervous system to the brain. Once it reaches the brain, the disease nearly always causes death. Bats are the most common carriers of rabies.  But, other wild animals may also be carriers of the disease. The presence of one affected animal in the area means that local residents should be concerned about the possibility of more and take the proper precautions.

CCCHD recommends that children be taught never to handle wild animals, even if the animals appear to be friendly.  Tell children, "love your own pets, but leave other animals alone." Dogs, cats, and ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies.  Residents are advised to avoid handling, feeding, or unintentionally attracting wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

With that said, Bats have been the only animal to test positive for rabies in Clark County since 2005;

Therefore, it is important to understand the risks associated with bat encounters.

Examples of situations where there is a probability of rabies exposure:

  • Bat found in a room with a sleeping person.
  • Bat found in proximity to an unattended child who is not able to describe what happened.
  • Bat found in a room with an individual under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with other sensory or mental impairments.

If you feel you have been exposed to a bat, seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or urgent care and explain to them that you may have been exposed to a bat.

It is always best if the bat is captured so that it can be tested. If you do not feel that you can capture the bat, contact a wildlife specialist or CCCHD at 937-390-5600.

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