SCUGOG: Durham Region Health Department would like to hear from anyone who may have recently had contact with a bat that has tested positive for rabies in Scugog.
The bat was found dead on the sidewalk in the Chester Crescent area in Port Perry on October 10th. The Health Department received confirmation of the positive rabies test result on October 16th. This is the fourth bat to test positive for rabies in Durham Region this year.
On October 10th, a resident found a dead bat on the sidewalk on Chester Crescent. The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) was contacted to pick up the bat for rabies testing. The bat was sent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency laboratory for rabies testing on October 15th. The individuals that have been identified as having had contact with the rabid bat are currently receiving rabies post-exposure treatment through their health care provider.
“Since we’re not sure how long the bat might have been in the area, or it may have also been in other locations around the neighbourhood, the Health Department would like to speak with anyone who may have had any type of contact with the bat,” said Nella Correia, senior public health inspector with the Health Department. “If we receive calls from individuals indicating that they had contact with this bat, everyone affected will be assessed to determine if there is a need for follow-up treatment. If treatment is required, it will be administered by a health care practitioner.”
Ms. Correia noted that it’s important for residents to remember that rabies can be found in bats and other wild animals in the community, therefore, everyone needs to be cautious and avoid all contact with these animals. She also stressed that people need to ensure that their pet dogs, cats and ferrets are up-to-date on their rabies vac-cination.
Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the bat that was found in the Port Perry area is urged to call the Health Department at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613. If calling after 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or on weekends, please call 1-800-372-1104.