MAYVILLE, N.Y. - Chautauqua County health officials are urging the public to be cautious after this year's first confirmed case of rabies in a bat.
A person in the town of Ellington woke up to find the bat flying around their room. That person got rabies prevention shots, as anyone who comes into contact with a potentially rabid animal should.
Rabies almost always leads to death without prompt treatment.
People should avoid contact with bats, especially ones exhibiting unusual signs like aggressiveness and daytime activity.
If there is any chance you or a pet has been in contact with a potentially rabid bat, capture the bat without touching it using heavy gloves and a pail or coffee can and call your local health department. The Chautauqua County department can be reached at 1-866-604-6789.
UPCOMING 2013 ANIMAL RABIES IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
Arkwright: Saturday, May 18, 2013
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Town of Arkwright Highway Building
9531 Center Rd., Fredonia, NY
Vet: Dr. Katie Ball
Sponsored by the Town of Arkwright
Portland: Thursday, May 23, 2013
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Brocton Fire Hall
80 Lake Ave., Brocton, NY
Vet: Dr. Mark McConnon
Sponsored by the Town of Portland