Rabid Bat Found In Muskingum County

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, August 9, 2001 - 06:34 PM
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The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says a bat found in the home in Muskingum County has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found on August 6 in the living room of a hone in Nashport. Robert Titko, Helath Commissioner at he Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, discovered the animal. The Ohio Department of Health reported late Wednesday that the bat was rapid. There is no indication at this time that the bat bit anyone and no one is currently receiving rabies shots because of this incident. Rabies shots should be considered when direct contact has occurred such as a bite or a scratch from a bat, or indirect exposure has occurred such as a bat found in proximity with an unattended child/adult who is unable to described what happened. Whenever a person has direct or indirect exposure to a bat, the bat should be captured and tested. If a bat is unavailable for testing, immediate medical consultation is advised. You have not been exposed to rabies if a bat is flying nearby, hanging on the side of a house, a bat is seen in your attic, touching the bat with a stick or seeing a bat in a tree. Only bats that have exposed a person or pet need to be tested. This is the first time rabies has been identified in a bat Muskingum County since 1988. For more information, call 454-9741.

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