Rabid bat found in Cottage Grove: 'Get your animals vaccinated'
EUGENE, Ore. - A rabid bat found in a home in Cottage Grove is the 11th found in Oregon this year.
Two people were potentially exposed but bat bites are so small that people may not know they’ve been bitten according to Public Health Official Dr. Patrick Luedtke.
Both people were vaccinated as a precaution.
Humans in the US rarely contract rabies because we vaccinate domestic animals.
"It's actually a law that dogs be vaccinated,” veterinarian Jason Kimball said.
He recommends all mammalian pets be vaccinated.
"Usually within about 10 days of being exposed to the virus the animal would die,” Kimball said.
Humans in the US are not usually vaccinated unless they work with animals.
"So if you come into contact with a rabid animal, you need to get vaccinated because you’re not vaccinated,” Luedtke said.
Luedtke has three tips to prevent exposure to the disease:
"Get your animals vaccinated, treat wild animals as wild don't approach them, and then try to prevent them from coming into your homes or areas where you live and interact."