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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Testing Of Bats Found In Residences For Rabies

Bats are natural carriers of rabies. These animals normally roost in protected outdoor areas or in attics of buildings. During the extreme heat of the summer, bats search out cooler places, including

the living space of residences, to roost and raise their young. This migration of bats into the living areas of homes increases the risk of exposure to bats by humans and pets (dogs and cats). 

If you find a bat in your home that might have had an exposure to an occupant, it is advised that you trap the bat in a small container and contact the Board of Health for its testing for rabies.

Kindly refer to the “Testing Bats for Rabies” link on the Board of Health webpage for further


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