The health unit that covers Northumberland County is putting out a warning about rabid bats, after a woman who lives in the area was bitten in her home, as she slept.
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit officials say the animal was trapped and tested positive for rabies, spurring reminders that if a bat ever gets in your house you should never touch it with your bare hands and should immediately seek medical attention if you get bitten.
If you find bats on your property, or in your home, the health unit says you should open a window and let it fly out, or call a professional pest control or wildlife removal company.
It’s also important to keep pets away from bats as rabies can be transmitted through animals as well.
If you’re bitten or scratched by a bat, you should report it immediately to your family doctor and call the health unit (1-866-888-4577 ext 5006).