Bat tests positive for rabies in Medina County

MEDINA, Ohio - The Medina Health Department sent the bat to the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory in Columbus.

Health Officials say there are no reports of exposure to people, but three family pets from the property where the bat was found were potentially exposed to the bat.

The last reported rabies case in Medina County was a bat from Wadsworth Township in 2009. 

Rabies is common in bat populations in Ohio. Generally, four to five percent of all bats test positive for rabies.

So far this year, Ohio has had 8 total rabies positive animals including 5 bats and 3 raccoons.

If a bat gets in your house, health officials advise you to capture the bat and call your county's health department. Do not release the bat.

Ways to catch a bat inside a building include wearing gloves and avoiding direct skin contact with the bat. Keep the bat in one room. Close windows, room doors, and closet doors. Turn on lights if the room is dark and wait for the bat to land. 

If a humans or pets are exposed to a bat, immediately contact the Medina County Health Department at 330-723-9523 or toll-free at 1-888-723-9688.

If a pet is exposed to a bat, contact a veterinarian to check the pet's rabies vaccination status and find out if a booster shot is recommended.

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