Rabid Bat Causes Concern In Huron County

The Huron County Health Unit warns residents to use caution to deal with bats after a bat in the county tested positive for rabies this summer.

The health unit says there are a number of incidents of bats getting into people’s houses during the warmer months. Bats can get through an opening just over a centimetre wide.

Health officials say people who are bitten or scratched by a bat should seek medical attention immediately. Even exposure to bat mucous can lead to a fatal rabies infection in humans.

If a bat is found in a room with an sleeping individual, an incapacitated person, or a child, you should call the health unit. You should never touch a bat with your bare hands.

Overall, 1-3 per cent of Ontario bats are infected with rabies.