Brunswick bat tests positive for rabies: One person exposed, advised to get treatment

MEDINA, Ohio - The Medina County Health Department said a bat captured in Brunswick tested positive for rabies.

The department posted on its Facebook page that one person was exposed and was advised to seek medical attention.

The last reported bat rabies case in Medina County was reported in May 2011.

Rabies is common in bat populations in Ohio. Generally, 4 to 5 percent of all bats test positive for rabies.

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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