Florida Department of Health in Bay County Reminds Residents and Visitors to Avoid Contact with Bats

Panama City, Florida – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) reminds all residents and visitors to avoid contact with bats. Bats can spread rabies. Rabies is a fatal viral infection that affects and spreads to the nervous system From animal to animal or From animal to human By being bitten, scratched, or contact between infected saliva and an open wound or mucous membrane.

Exposure to rabies can be fatal. It’s important not to handle wild animals, to be aware of unusual animals, and to keep pets vaccinated against rabies, said Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, CPH, Administrator and Health Officer, DOH-Bay.

Bats are useful, protective flying mammals that can eat up to half their weight in insects
night; However, bats can also carry rabies. Most likely to be bats on Earth
rabid. Grounded bats are more likely to be handled by people or in contact with pets. bat
They have very small teeth and bite wounds It may not always be noticeable or bleed. skin contact
With bats it can be considered a potential exposure to rabies, even without evidence of infection.

You should also consider rabies when a bat is found in the living areas of a haunted house
Or in the presence of small children or pets. If you have had skin contact with a bat or found a bat in it
Your home, call DOH-Bay Immediately at 850-872-4455. Bats suspected of coming into contact with people or pets may need to be tested for rabies.

If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water.
Seek medical treatment as needed and report the injury to DOH-Bay at 872-850-4455.
If the animal is stray or wild, call 911 or Bay County Animal Services at 850-767-3333 and report the animal’s location. In Lynn Haven, call the Lynn Haven Police Department at 850-265-1112. Make sure to follow along, like sabies is preventable when treated in time.

The following advice is issued:

  • If your dog or cat is fighting a wild animal, contact Bay County Health
    Department immediately.
    The wild animal will need to be tested for rabies. for you
    The animal may need to be quarantined. Do not shoot animals suspected of having rabies in head.
  • Do not touch animals that are not yours. Avoid contact All Wildlife, in particular
    Raccoons, bats, bobcats, otters, foxes, skunks, and coyotes. There is no animal smaller than that
    rabid. An animal with rabies may behave in a friendly manner.
  • Wear rubber gloves and goggles when dressing/wild slaughter
    Animals to avoid exposure to rabies and other diseases.
  • Thoroughly cook all meats to 165degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Do not hunt animals that look sick.
  • For general questions regarding stray animals or single-acting wild animals, contact
    Animal control department in your area.
  • For questions regarding a pet’s health, contact a veterinarian.
  • Teach your kids about rabies and Don’t touch the bat.

For more information about bats in Florida, see https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/bats/. For more information about rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website at https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html Or call DOH-Bay at 850-872-4455 or follow us on Twitter @FLHealthEmerald.

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