Rabid bat found in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, public health officials warn

Evrard Martin
Août 25, 2017

This is the second rabid bat found in the area this week; another was found in Green Lake on August 17.

Public health officials warned Thursday that a rabid bat was found Tuesday morning on the sidewalk intersection of Northwest 73rd Street and 8th Avenue Northwest in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. The bat was noticed by a pedestrian on Tuesday afternoon, August 22.

"This is not an unusual number at this time of year, but pet owners should make sure their indoor cats are vaccinated", Animal and Rabies Control Administrator Dr. Donna Alexander said in a statement.

If you find a bat inside your house, call Public Health at 206-296-4774 to discuss the situation and to determine whether the bat needs to be tested for rabies.

Eight bats have tested positive for rabies in Hamilton over the past four years - and that's only a small portion of the 262 animals that have tested positive since 2015.

If the bat is alive, do not let it go!

Use a shovel or gloves to put a dead bat in a box for testing. "Fortunately, rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear, so identifying anyone who has had contact early is important". Read for more details, read this media release and a Public Health Insider Q&A on bats and health.

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