Contact with bats may pose risk of rabies
Health Posted by OttawaStart on August 03, 2012
Residents are reminded to avoid direct contact with bats since they can be carriers of rabies. Bat activity is at its peak between July and mid-September.
If you have come into close contact with a bat, especially if you have been bitten or scratched:
- Immediately wash the affected skin area thoroughly with soap and water
- Call Ottawa Public Health to report the incident at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You will be advised as to next steps
- Contain the bat and collect for testing avoiding direct contact (wear thick gloves or use a tool).
- Testing of bats can be arranged if circumstances are warranted
- Vaccine is available to persons that have had direct exposure from a scratch or bite. This will be arranged through a physician
For additional information on rabies and bats, visit ottawa.ca/health or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).
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