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Bat found in bedroom of Marion County home tests positive for rabies

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MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A bat found in Marion County has tested positive for rabies.

Marion County Environmental Health received conformation about the case Friday.

The bat was discovered in the Shaw area in a bedroom where two adults and one child had slept.

It is not yet known if anyone who was in that room was bitten by the bat. Medical advice is being sought for the people living in the home.  

Bats are the most common mammals know to carry rabies in Oregon, according to health officials.

Marion County Environmental Health has some tips for keeping bats out of homes.

  • Examine your home for holes that may allow bats entry into your living quarters.
  • Close unscreened doors and windows, especially at dusk and during the night.
  • Repair damaged window and door screens.
  • Cap chimneys and place draft guards beneath doors to attics.
  • Seal all openings to attics, basements or walls larger than 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch using spray foam, caulk, wire mesh, wood, steel wool or bird netting.

If a bat is found in a home, there are steps to take to safely remove it. 

  • Open doors and windows for bat to exit (best done at dusk or nightfall as bats rest during the day).
  • Do not handle bats with bare hands; always put on leather work gloves before approaching bats.
  • If bat has landed, cover with an empty metal can or wastebasket, slide cardboard or plastic underneath, so that bat is contained, and take outside to release.
  • Never release a live bat or throw out a dead bat that has bitten, scratched or had direct contact with a person or pet or if found in the room of a sleeping person (bites or scratches may not be noticeable).
  • Contact Marion County Health Department Environmental Health at 503-588-5346 to arrange for bat testing.

For more information, go to: co.marion.or.us.

There have been three bats that have previously tested positive for rabies in Oregon this year, according to the Oregon Public Health Division. They were in Benton, Douglas and Deschutes counties in June and July. A cat also tested positive for rabies in Lane County in May. 

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