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Bat found in Madera County tested Positive for Rabies

Post Date:05/29/2018


559-675-789314215 Road 28

Madera, CA 93638

SARA BOSSE Public Health Director

THOMAS COLE, M.D. Health Officer


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Juli Gregson, Madera County Department of Public Health, Communication Unit (559) 514-4857;

Bat found in Madera County tested Positive for Rabies

MADERA – This month, a bat found in Oakhurst tested positive for the rabies virus, marking the second confirmed animal rabies diagnosis this year in Madera County.

Sara Bosse, Madera County Department of Public Health Director says, “The rabies virus is a fairly rare and often fatal disease affecting the brain. Mammals, including humans, are susceptible.” Rabies signs include abnormal animal behaviors such as:

  •   Wild animals seeming unusually tame or unafraid of approaching people.

  •   Nocturnal animals such as skunks, foxes, or bats that are active during the day.

  •   Pets having difficulty walking, eating, or drinking, or whose personalities change.

  •   Normally docile animals acting in an agitated or aggressive manner.

  •   Bats that are unable to fly or have been caught by a domestic dog or cat.

    The rabies virus is typically detected in skunks and bats, less often in animals like coyotes, foxes and raccoons, with domestic animals being infrequently diagnosed. The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rapid animal that bites another animal or human, or when contagious saliva infects a break in the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose). If you are bitten by a wild animal, promptly wash the wound with soap and water. Immediately consult with your health care provider or Madera County Department of Public Health to determine if the wound requires further attention and whether preventive rabies treatment is required.

    Reduce the risk of rabies by initially vaccinating and updating vaccinations for your pets. Unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animals should be euthanized immediately. Stay away from unfamiliar animals, and discourage wild animals near your home by keeping garbage in closed, secure containers and collection any uneaten pet food.

    For more information about rabies, visit the California Department of Public Health Rabies Page at or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rabies Page at or call Madera County Department of Public Health at (559) 675-7893.

    For information on animal rabies vaccinations, call Madera County Animal Services at (559) 675-7891 or visit

Bat found in Madera County tested Positive for Rabies
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