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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rabid Bat Found In Kemble Area

Georgian Bluffs | by Kevin Bernard  

OMAFRA says the bat tested positive for rabies, and is the first rabid animal in the area this year.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs is reporting a confirmed rabies test result, in a bat found in the Kemble area of Georgian Bluffs.

Officials say a cat was exposed to the bat and has since received a rabies booster.

It is now under observation at home, and no human exposure was identified.

Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals.

The virus is found in the saliva of rabid animals and can spread through a bite, or if the saliva comes in contact with a cut or scratch, or the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.

Rabies is fatal to animals and without timely preventative treatment after exposure will cause death in humans.

There is no known treatment for rabies once the symptoms appear.

This is the first rabid animal identified in Grey Bruce this year.

One rabid bat was identified in 2017.

Officials say this incident is a reminder that rabies continues to be present in local wildlife and can spill over into domestic animals creating a risk for human exposure.

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