Rabid bat found at SeaTac’s Angle Lake Park

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 5:15pm
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A rabid bat was found in Angle Lake Park in SeaTac near the lakeshore by the old lifeguard shack on Tuesday afternoon.

A visitor who found the bat immediately notified a city of SeaTac employee who contacted Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), according to a media release from Public Health – Seattle and King County.

The bat appeared sick and was humanely euthanized at RASKC. The bat tested positive for rabies at the Washington State Public Health Laboratory on Wednesday.

“Anyone who touched or had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk of getting rabies, which is almost always fatal once symptoms begin,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of communicable disease for Public Health – Seattle and King County, said in the release. ”Fortunately, rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear, so identifying anyone who has had contact early is important.”

Anyone who had any contact with a bat at Angle Lake Park on Aug. 28 or 29, should call Public Health immediately at 206-296-4774 to get information about preventative treatment. Contact includes touching a bat, being bitten, scratched, or any other bare skin contact with a bat or its saliva.

Rabies and pets

Pets might have been exposed as well. If your pet might have been exposed, contact your veterinarian immediately. Dogs, cats and ferrets should be current on their rabies vaccine but will need to be revaccinated if they had contact with a bat.

More about rabies

Rabies is dangerous, but treatable if caught early:

•If someone has had contact with the bat, treatment can prevent infection. This treatment should be given as soon as possible.

•Once symptoms develop, rabies cannot be treated and leads to death in virtually all cases.

Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. The virus is found in the saliva of an animal with rabies and is usually transmitted by a bite or scratch. In Washington State, between 3-10 percent of bats tested for rabies are positive, though the bats that are tested are usually sick or injured; less than 1 percent of healthy bats are infected with rabies

Because rabies is a life threatening disease, medical advice must be sought promptly if a bat comes into contact with humans or animals.

More about bats

Bats flying overhead, and bats that have not had direct contact with humans or animals, do not pose a risk for transmitting rabies. Healthy bats will avoid people, so be suspicious of a bat you find inside your home or on the ground.

If you find a bat:

• If you find a bat inside your house, call Public Health at 206-296-4774 to discuss the situation and to determine whether the bat needs to be tested for rabies. Public Health tests bats for rabies free of charge under certain circumstances.

• If the bat is alive, do not let it go. Knock it to the floor with a broom or other object, and cover it with a wastebasket or other container. Scoop it into a box or plastic storage container with a secure lid without touching it or wear heavy leather gloves to pick it up and put it in the box.

• Use a shovel or gloves to put a dead bat in a box for testing. Do not throw it away.

For more information about bats and rabies, and how to safely avoid bats, visit kingcounty.gov/bats.

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