Rabies identified in a Lewis County bat

For immediate release: August 19, 2021

Rabies identified in a Lewis County bat.

Chehalis, WA – Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) announced today that a bat sent in for testing has tested positive for rabies.

The summer season is a time of increased wildlife activity; especially for bats during warmer nights. Bats are not normally aggressive towards humans or pets. Bats of the Pacific Northwest are primarily nocturnal and eat insects that can be harmful to people and crops. Less than 1% of bats in the wild are infected with rabies; bats sent in for testing are more likely to test positive for rabies because they tend to be sick and injured. Rabid bats have been found in almost every county in Washington.

Rabies is a severe viral disease of the central nervous system and can be prevented by prompt medical treatment following exposure or an animal bite. Some very simple steps can keep you and your family safe:

Consult your veterinarian for vaccine recommendations.

More information about rabies is available at:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Rabies

For more information contact:

lcphsspio@lewiscountywa.gov or by phone at (360) 740-1227

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Posted: August 19, 2021