Confirmed Rabid Bat Found At Davis High School
A dead bat was found at Davis Senior High School, in the gym, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The bat was submitted to the Yolo County Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing and tested positive for rabies on September 19, 2017. The Yolo County Health and Human Services Infectious Disease unit was made aware on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The risk for contracting rabies from a deceased bat is low. Rabies exists in the general bat population at a low level; however, sick and injured bats are much more likely to be rabid. Every year a number of positive bats are found throughout Yolo County, including Davis. Records going back to 1950 show no human cases of rabies in residents of Yolo County.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is transmitted in the saliva of infected animals. Rabies affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Unfortunately there is no test in people to determine if a person has been exposed to rabies. If direct contact does occur between a person and a rabid animal, the person can be given rabies post-exposure treatment. If treatment is given promptly, it is highly effective in preventing rabies in people.
For more information on bats and rabies visit https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html