A bat found near Husky Stadium over the weekend was confirmed to have rabies, a central nervous system viral disease carried in the saliva of an infected animal that can be lethal if transmitted to humans. We are reminding students, staff and faculty to avoid coming into contact with bats, on campus or elsewhere, to avoid potential exposure to rabies.
A person who contracts rabies (usually through a bite or scratch from a bat) may not survive if left untreated. Therefore, anyone who touches a bat with bare hands or unprotected skin should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after the encounter. Death from rabies can be prevented if treatment begins before symptoms appear.
If you have been bitten or scratched by a bat, Public Health - Seattle & King County recommends that you capture the bat so it can be tested for rabies. Follow these instructions for capturing a live or dead bat.
To avoid rabies, Public Health - Seattle & King County recommends:
- Avoid bare skin contact with bats.
- Use thick gloves if you must capture a live bat or handle a dead bat.
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies.
- Teach children to avoid contact with wild animals.
- Keep bats out of your home.
Bats are the only known animal carriers of rabies in Washington state. However, the vast majority of bats do not have rabies; they are an essential part of our ecosystem.
For more information, please see Public Health - Seattle & King County’s Rabies and Bats information sheet or call 206.296.4774.