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Case Of Rabies Found In Bat In Medford
Oregon health officials confirm that a bat found flying around in a Medford home tested positive for rabies Friday afternoon. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in 2012. Last year, 11 bats (two in Jackson County), five foxes and one coyote tested positive for rabies in the state.
Dr. Emilio DeBess is public health veterinarian with Oregon Health Authority, and he reminds the public to never handles bat, and make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.Rabies symptoms in wildlife include lethargy, walking in circles, loss of coordination, convulsions, irritability or aggressiveness, disorientation, excessive drooling, and showing no fear of humans.
Health officials say rabies is typically passed on to other animals by rabid bats. Very few bats have rabies, and rabies is even more rare in other animals. If you know your pet has encountered another animals with rabies, please contact your veterinarian immediately.