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Rabid Bat Found in Pocomoke

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md.– The Worcester County Health Department confirmed Monday that a bat found in the vicinity of Third Street in Pocomoke City has tested positive for rabies.

Anyone who has had contact with a bat in the Third Street area is asked to call the health department at (410) 632-1100, ext. 220.

Officials said that if any bat is found on the ground, do not touch it. Make sure pets and people (particularly children) are kept away from the bat. If it can be safely covered (bucket, box), do so and contact law enforcement or animal control so that the bat can safely be removed.

Rabies is a serious disease that is spread through the saliva of the infected animal, as well as from bites and scratches. Officials said when a person is bitten by or exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal, the disease can be prevented with appropriate medical treatment.

If there is a bat in the living area of your home, authorities request that you close the bat in the room and contact the Worcester County Environmental Health program at (410) 352-3234, your local police department or 911 to report the bat so that the bat can be collected and arrangements made for rabies testing. Do not touch the bat or let it loose in the environment.

Bats have small teeth which may leave marks which are not easily seen. Although many people know if they have been bitten by a bat, officials said there are certain circumstances when a person might not be aware or unable to tell you that they have been bitten. These circumstances include:
  • If a sleeping person awakes to find a bat in the room
  • If a bat is found in a room with an unattended child
  • If a bat is found near a person with disabilities
  • If a bat is found near a person who is intoxicated
Bats will sometimes occupy attics and other unoccupied areas of a home. If you find bats in areas such as these, you can contact the Nuisance Wildlife Hotline at 1-877-463-6497 for general information on safe exclusion of bats.

For more information about rabies, visit http://worcesterhealth.org.

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