On July 26, an injured bat, which later tested positive for Rabies, was found near the walking path at the Chet Hobert Park in Berryville,Va. The bat was discovered just off the trail within the vicinity of the pool and tennis courts.
Since the bat was found near a well-traveled path at the park, the Health Department would like to talk with any resident who believes that they or their pets may have come into contact with the bat in question. An Environmental Health Specialist can be reached at (540) 955-1033 to discuss possible human and pet exposures.
Incidents like this reinforce the importance that an unfamiliar or wild animal should never be touched and that all dogs, cats, ferrets and some livestock should have current vaccinations against the rabies virus.
For more information about rabies, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/ or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/