PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Bats are the most common carriers of rabies in Oregon — and this is the 4th bat this year that has tested positive for rabies in the state.
Officials are warning Marion County residents to take precautions after a person came in physical contact with a rabid bat in the Breitenbush area on Sunday evening.
More than anything, public health officials say to never approach bats or other wildlife that is seen acting strange. Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual.
If you see a bat acting like this, go inside and avoid contact at all costs.
If it seems necessary to pick up a bat, use heavy gloves and a shovel.
The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies.
If you do have an exposure, such as a scratch or a bite, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If a bat bites your pets, contact your veterinarian right away.