What about bats and rabies?

You cannot tell if a bat has rabies just by looking at it. All contact with bats should be avoided. If a bat is in your home, do the following:

  • Do not free the bat.
  • Do not try to catch the bat.
  • Close off the area where the bat is and keep people and pets out.
  • Call Animal Control to catch the bat and have it tested for rabies. If the bat does not have rabies, you do not need to be concerned about rabies infection.

Remember, bat bites can’t always be seen by looking at the skin. They are often not painful and might not wake up a sleeping person.

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1. What is rabies?
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5. Who needs treatment to prevent rabies disease?