RICHFIELD – The county Department of Health is reporting an individual is being treated after being bit by a rabid bat in the Town of Richfield.
The bat was captured, and subsequent testing revealed today it had rabies; the person bit is undergoing a series of vaccinations, according to Matt Johnson, health department R.N.
Such reports are very rare, and this one is the first in a few years, Johnson said. It’s uncertain how widespread rabies might be, he said, so “the general rule is don’t handle wild animals, because just don’t know.”
Rabies is a fatal viral infection, transmitted by a bit or scratch from an infected animal, according to a health department press released. “Any person who awakes with a bat in their room, finds a bat in a room with and unattended small chld, or has a pet in coat with a bat should capture the animal and call the health department” at (607) 547-4230.