Rabid Bat Found at Green Lake Park

August 22, 2017|Posted in: Community News

A rabid bat was discovered in Green Lake Park last Thursday, August 17th and public health officials are concerned that people may have come in contact with the animal, exposing them to the fatal disease.

The bat appeared to be sick and seemed unable to fly, and a group of teenagers were seen moving it on the pathway on the east side of Green Lake Park, near the boathouse. Another passerby helped to capture the bat, bringing it to Public Health for testing, after which it was determined that the bat had rabies.

The Public Health department is asking that anyone who had bare skin contact with the bat or its saliva to contact them for preventative treatment. Rabies is usually treatable in humans before symptoms appear, but it’s almost always fatal afterward. Pets may also have been exposed, and should be taken to a veterinarian immediately for revaccination if you have concerns of exposure.

“If you or your child had any contact with a bat at Green Lake Park on Aug. 16 or 17, please contact Public Health immediately to get information about preventative treatment,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, a Public Health officer. “Contact” may include simply touching the bat, or getting scratched or bitten.

Officials are warning park goers to be cautious in general, since this is only the most recent of three cases of bats found with rabies throughout Puget Sound.

Report human exposures to bats on the Public Health line: 206-296-4774.

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