Ohio’s KIRTLAND (WJW) – It has been confirmed by the Lake County General Health District that a bat discovered in the Kirtland region tested positive for the rabies virus. Health officials claim that 1 bat tested positive, which is not unusual. In fact, they claim that in 2017, 2018, and 2020 there was just one case of the rabies virus being detected in the local bat population in Lake County.
The Ohio Department of Health claims that rabies in humans is largely preventable. When an infected animal bites a human or when saliva from infected animal contact an open wound or a mucous membrane, the virus is transmitted. either on a mucosal membrane or an open wound. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following measures should be taken: Wash the wound with soap and water as soon as possible.
To determine whether Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is required, speak with your doctor or a local public health officer. To help trap the bat for testing, contact your local or state health agency or animal control. If a bat is rabid, testing it can help establish whether you need PEP. Health officials should contact a veterinarian if they feel a pet has been affected.
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