By Oscar Rodriguez
Wenatchee World 

Bat in Chelan County tested positive for rabies


Last updated 8/17/2023 at 9:54am

Courtesy photo, Wikimedia Commons

A little brown bat.

WENATCHEE - Animal control officers with the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society recovered a bat that tested positive for rabies earlier this month.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District was informed of a "pet-only exposure" to the rabid bat on Aug. 8, according to a health district news release.

Animal control officers seized the bat from a home in Chelan County and then euthanized the animal. The bat was submitted to the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing, according to the news release.

No people are known to have been exposed as of Tuesday. It is unclear what happened to the pet, but according to state law, all pets are required to be vaccinated. People who believe their pet was in contact with a bat should contact their local veterinarian.

The last rabid bat was reported in July 2021. Less than 1% of bats in the wild are positive with rabies.

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