Bat Brought to Clinic in Marlborough Was Rabid

Health officials are urging the person who brought the bat to a vet in Marlborough to be evaluated for possible exposure to rabies.

A bat brought to a veterinary clinic in Marlborough last week was rabid and health officials want to get the word out for the person who brought it in to be checked for possible exposure to rabies.

Officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Health said the person brought the bat to a clinic on the morning of Friday, June 23 and the bat tested positive for rabies on June 27.

They are advising the person to call the Chatham Health District office at 860-365-0884 and to be evaluated for possible rabies virus exposure. 

People get rabies from the bite of an infected animal. While rabies is a fatal disease once clinical signs appear, it can be prevented by thorough wound cleaning and timely medical treatment that includes administration of one dose of immune globulin and four doses of vaccine over two weeks.

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