Kern County: Rabies Infected Bat Found
A bat with rabies was found in the area bordered by Calloway , Brimhall, Jewetta and Rosedale Highway. The Environmental Health and Public Health Departments are coordinating efforts to make the community aware of the importance of avoiding bats as well as other wild animals due to the potential for exposure to rabies. There is no cause for alarm, but it is very important to avoid contact with bats. Animal Control should be notified if you find a bat in your home or yard.
Everyone in the community is reminded that the best way to prevent exposure to rabies is to avoid contact with potentially infected animals and:
1. Avoid contact with wild animals. Please remind children not feed or handle wild animals, especially those that appear aggressive or sick.
2. Any pet that comes in contact with wild animals is at risk. Make sure that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Never approach or handle any animal that looks or acts ill, or is behaving strangely. This includes your pets. Monitor your pets for any unusual behavior if they have been in contact with wild animals.
3. Bat proof your home. Bats are the animal most likely to be involved in human exposures to rabies. Bats should not be captured, handled, or kept as pets.
“Human rabies is a very rare condition in the United States and in Kern County,” says Claudia Jonah, MD, Health Officer for Kern County, “and by being aware of the facts surrounding rabies and bats, our community can help protect itself.”
“The community is encouraged to call with any questions regarding general rabies prevention, a list of bat exclusion professionals or materials on how to bat proof your home”, states Matt Constantine, Director of Environmental Services.