Lord Fairfax Health District Warns of Rabies Risk in Bats
On several occasions starting on November 24, residents of a rural property in Warren County encountered bats inside their house. Since that time, three of these bats were captured and two of them tested positive for the rabies virus. Bats are a part of the natural environment and offer many benefits, including insect control. Only a very small percentage of bats carry rabies at any one time, but it is not possible to tell by looking whether a bat has rabies, and bats in unusual places, such as inside a dwelling or outside in the daytime, are more likely to be affected.
Additional information on rabies is available from the Virginia Department of Health at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/.
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