Bat tests positive for rabies in Seaside

Bat tests positive for rabies in Seaside

Bat tests positive for rabies in Seaside

A bat found in Seaside has tested positive for the rabies virus, the Monterey County Health Department announced Friday.The bat was found July 27 near the East La Salle Avenue area.Officials said an investigation determined no humans were exposed to the infected bat, but a pet was. The pet was placed under quarantine, according to health officials.Rabies can be spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.The virus infects the central nervous system. It can cause disease in the brain, ultimately resulting in death if a person does not receive the appropriate care following potential exposure, officials said.In addition to ensuring that pets are currently vaccinated, the following precautions from the health department are also advised:Owners should avoid leaving their pets outside unattended, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife can be most active.Owners of domestic livestock species such as horses, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle should discuss rabies vaccinations with their veterinarian as these species are also susceptible to rabies infections from rabid wild animals.Residents should avoid leaving pet food and water outside because it encourages wildlife activity around the home.People should avoid contact with wildlife, particularly skunks and bats at all times. Do not touch or approach animals acting strangely. If any wild animals are found dead, acting abnormally or ill, or if you think you or your pets have been exposed to rabies, contact Monterey County Animal Services at (831) 769-8850 or your local animal control agency.More information about rabies is available by calling the Monterey County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit at 831-755-4521 or by visiting the Animal Services’ website (www.hitchcockroadanimals.org) or visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

A bat found in Seaside has tested positive for the rabies virus, the Monterey County Health Department announced Friday.

The bat was found July 27 near the East La Salle Avenue area.

Officials said an investigation determined no humans were exposed to the infected bat, but a pet was. The pet was placed under quarantine, according to health officials.

Rabies can be spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.

The virus infects the central nervous system. It can cause disease in the brain, ultimately resulting in death if a person does not receive the appropriate care following potential exposure, officials said.

In addition to ensuring that pets are currently vaccinated, the following precautions from the health department are also advised:

  • Owners should avoid leaving their pets outside unattended, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife can be most active.
  • Owners of domestic livestock species such as horses, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle should discuss rabies vaccinations with their veterinarian as these species are also susceptible to rabies infections from rabid wild animals.
  • Residents should avoid leaving pet food and water outside because it encourages wildlife activity around the home.
  • People should avoid contact with wildlife, particularly skunks and bats at all times. Do not touch or approach animals acting strangely. If any wild animals are found dead, acting abnormally or ill, or if you think you or your pets have been exposed to rabies, contact Monterey County Animal Services at (831) 769-8850 or your local animal control agency.
  • More information about rabies is available by calling the Monterey County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit at 831-755-4521 or by visiting the Animal Services’ website (www.hitchcockroadanimals.org) or visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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