Bat assessments constructive for rabies in Aiken County

JACKSON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A bat discovered close to Previous Nail Highway in Jackson has examined constructive for rabies.

No individuals are recognized to have been uncovered right now, however a cat was uncovered and can be quarantined.

The bat was submitted to a state lab for testing on Friday and was confirmed to have rabies on Monday.

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The rabid bat was reported just some days after a lifeless raccoon in Richmond County examined constructive for rabies. The racoon was found June 21 in a yard in the Meadowbrook area of Augusta.

State consultants say rabid bats and different animals animals can simply infect individuals.

“Never handle a bat or any wild or stray animal, alive or dead, with your bare hands. Any bat that could have had potential contact with people, pets, or livestock should be safely trapped in a sealed container and not touched,” stated Terri McCollister, DHEC’s rabies program crew chief.

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And unvaccinated pets can get contaminated, as effectively.

“People don’t always realize they or a pet have been bitten since bat teeth are tiny and bites are easy to overlook,” McCollister stated.

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Due to this, it needs to be assumed an individual or pet has probably been bitten by a bat when:

  • They get up to discover a bat in a room or tent.
  • A bat is discovered the place kids, pets or individuals with impaired psychological capability have been left unattended.
  • They’ve been in direct contact with a bat.

Bats aren’t inherently unhealthy.

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“Although bats can carry rabies, not every bat is infected with the virus. Bats are an important part of South Carolina’s ecosystems and deserve a healthy degree of respect just like all wild animals,” McCollister stated. “You can’t tell if a bat, or any other animal, has rabies by simply looking at it. Rabies must be confirmed in a laboratory.”

Uncommon habits in bats that may point out the animal has rabies contains daytime exercise, incapacity to fly, and being present in locations they aren’t often seen, like in your house or in your garden.

An publicity is outlined as direct contact (resembling via damaged pores and skin or mucous membranes within the eyes, nostril, or mouth) with saliva or mind/nervous system tissue from an contaminated animal. Be sure you instantly wash any a part of your physique which will have are available in contact with saliva or neural tissue with loads of cleaning soap and water and search medical consideration.

When you consider that you simply, somebody you already know, or your pets have are available in contact with this bat or one other animal that probably has rabies, name 803-642-1637 throughout regular enterprise hours. After hours and on holidays, name 888-847-0902 and choose possibility 2.

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