Health district warns of bat that tested positive for rabies

Health district warns of bat that tested positive for rabies

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A sleeping bat. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

MYSTIC — Ledge Light Health District issued a public health alert today regarding a bat found on the grounds of Mystic Aquarium on Sept. 10 that tested positive for rabies. The alert warns the public to refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals.

Ledge Light Health District said it has been working closely with the Mystic Aquarium staff.

“[The District] is confident this is an isolated incident outside of Mystic Aquarium’s animal collection. Their animal care professionals are confident that the animals in their care have not been affected,” said Ryan McCammon, supervisor of environmental health for Ledge Light, in a release today.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals.

Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose and mouth.

For more information, contact Ledge Light Health District at 860-448-4882.

chewitt@thewesterlysun.com


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