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Second rabid bat found in Delaware County

A second rabid bat has been found in Delaware County.

The Delaware General Health District last week received a report from the Ohio Department of Health about a bat that tested positive for rabies. It marks the second notification in the past month of a rabid bat in Delaware County.

The dead bat was discovered May 27 on North Franklin Street in Delaware. The home's occupants were advised to consult their physician about possible precautionary treatments against rabies because of potential exposure to the bat.

The first rabid bat was found on Granville Street in Sunbury.

All residents should be aware of potential exposure even if a bite from a rabid bat has not occurred.

Those who awaken to find a bat in their room, see a bat in the room of an unattended child, or see a bat near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person should seek medical advice and contact the health district to have the bat tested.

Residents should make sure all pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and avoid contact with wild animals, particularly if they are behaving strangely.

A live bat inside a home should be shut inside an unoccupied room.

To capture it, approach it slowly while wearing heavy gloves and place a box or coffee can over it.

Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container securely and punch holes in the cardboard to allow the bat to breathe. Then contact the health district to make arrangements for rabies testing.

Residents are asked to contact the Delaware General Health District if they are exposed to any bat.

In addition, rabies-test submissions should be routed through the health district to ensure proper followup is performed with all people who may have been potentially exposed.

For more information, visit delawarehealth.org or call 740-368-1700.

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