Rabies detected in bat triggers Public Health Advisory in Racine County

Rabies detected in bat triggers Public Health Advisory in Racine County

STURTEVANT – The Racine County Division of Public Health has issued a public advisory after confirming a bat tested positive for rabies.

The bat was discovered in a rural area of ​​the county, captured and sent for laboratory testing. Racine County Public Health (RCPH) investigated and implemented the necessary measures, including quarantining and vaccinating animals that may have had contact with the infected bat.

The discovery of rabies in bats serves as a reminder of continued concern among public health officials. Although rabies is rare in the United States, it remains a serious threat due to the significant number of animal bites experienced by several million Americans each year.

Wild animals and rabies

Bats and other wildlife, such as raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and skunks, are common carriers of the rabies virus, usually transmitted through saliva or brain/nervous system tissue. Direct contact with these body fluids and tissues is required for transmission. While rabies is fatal, it can be prevented with proper treatment.

The Racine County Division of Public Health advises the public that:

Make sure pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and keep accurate vaccination records. Avoid keeping wild or exotic animals as pets. Refrain from handling wild animals. Educate children about the importance of not approaching unfamiliar animals, including other people’s pets. Report any bat exposure, whether through bites or non-bite incidents, to a doctor immediately and notify your local health department. Contact a veterinarian and local health department if a pet has been involved in a fight with a wild animal. SOuRCES

In the event of a bite or scratch, individuals should immediately wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention from a local physician during business hours or contact local law enforcement after business hours.

The following downloadable files are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The first is a booklet with useful information for everyone. The second file is a coloring book that can be used to teach children about wildlife safety, especially with this disease in mind.

For more information about animal rabies, please contact your local health department.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News. More from Denise Lockwood

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