MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) — A bat that examined optimistic for rabies was present in a Monongalia County residence this week, the county well being division introduced on its official Fb web page.
This comes after a number of individuals have been uncovered to rabies in Morgantown final month because of a feral cat colony close to Distributor Drive off of Inexperienced Bag Street.
The Monongalia County Well being Division (MCHD) mentioned throughout final week’s incident—the placement of which it didn’t specify—a household woke as much as discover a bat of their residence, then the bat was killed and it examined optimistic for rabies. This kind of state of affairs might result in rabies publicity whereas sleeping.
In case you get up with a bat in your house, the MCHD says it’s finest to get the bat examined, if potential; if the bat exams adverse for rabies, no additional motion is required, if it exams optimistic, you’ll must go to the emergency room for potential rabies publicity. If the bat just isn’t out there for testing, the MCHD says to seek the advice of a doctor. Report bats which have entered your house to the MCHD at 304-598-5131.
In case your pet has an encounter with a wild animal that’s not extreme sufficient to name 911, the MCHD says to name the MECCA non-emergency quantity, 304-599-6382.
Anybody who sees an animal displaying indicators of rabies is suggested by the MCHD to name 911 instantly.
The USA Division of Agriculture and the MCHD have been scheduled to deploy yearly wildlife rabies vaccines between Aug. 22 and Aug. 30 as of July.