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BATS and RABIES

Recently a rabid bat was identified in the Village of Kenmore. If you should have a bat in your residence, please contact the Erie County Health Department or the Town of Tonawanda Animal Control Department.

Only 4% of bats tested have rabies, but as you know, rabies is fatal once symtoms occur. With treatment, it is 100% preventable.  Shots can be avoided if the animal can be tested and the tests are negative.  Unless the animal is captured and tested, you will need to get rabies shots if:

You or your pet are bitten by a bat or if saliva or other material from a bat gets into your eyes, nose mouth or wound

You wake up and find a bat in your room

You are unsure if there has been contact with a person or pet

You see a bat in a room with a child, etc.

 

Erie County Department of Health716 961-6800 during business hours or 716 961 7898 after hours