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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Dufferin County

Dufferin County | by Jill Young  

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health is warning people not to touch a bat if they come across one.

A bat in Dufferin County has tested positive for rabies - the first in this area since 1990.

The Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health officials say the have been multiple confirmed cases of rabies in wildlife in the region inluding some bats in Guelph over the last couple of years, and in Belwood last year.

Health experts say if you come across a bat indoors, don’t touch it — call your local animal control agency.

If you do make direct contact with it, you should go to the hospital or call your family doctor.

Rabies is a fatal virus that is commonly spread by raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite. 

However, saliva can also enter the body through scratches, open wounds or mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes.

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