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Posted on: June 1, 2016

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Bats in The Bedroom

It's spring and mamma bats are busy with their offspring...which is great as long as it's not happening in your attic. When bats and humans cross paths, bats are the unfortunate losers.

Waking up to bat in or around your bed is an unwelcome surprise but before tossing it out the window, consider the implications. Marks from a bat bite may be so tiny they go unnoticed, particularly in the midst of insect bites and other summertime skin conditions. Even tiny bites can transmit the rabies virus.

If you wake to find an unwelcome guest flying around your room or crawling over your covers, try to remain calm and safely catch it. Call the local health department to arrange for it to be tested for rabies. Staff is available 24 hours a day to talk about bat exposures and to make arrangements for vaccination when bats are not available for testing.

During working hours, Ontario County Public Health staff members can be reached at 585-396-4343.
After hours, call 585-394-4560 and ask to speak with the Public Health Nurse on call.

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