Rabies found among Washington bats

Rabies found among Washington bats

State health officials are warning you to be extra cautious following the discovery of a rabies infection among Washington bats.

Bats typically hang out in cabins, attics, barns and outbuildings.

In the last 25 years, there have been two cases of human rabies in Washington.

In 1995 a 4-year-old child died in Washington after contracting the virus after a bat was found in her bedroom.

In 1997, a 64-year-old man was also diagnosed with rabies in the state.

Fur domestic animals were also diagnosed with rabies in Washington state in the last 25 years including a cat in Walla Walla County in 2002 and a horse that died after contracting the virus in Benton County in 1992.

Although it is not too common, officials are urging the public to be safe rather than sorry.

If you do get bit, state officials said you should clean the animal bite with soap and water and contact your health provider right away.

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