A bat found in a backyard in Regina’s Cathedral neighbourhood has tested positive for rabies.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is advising people to take steps to protect themselves and their pets from contracting rabies which is fatal in humans and animals.
This is the third positive case of rabies found in a bat in the city since 2009. Bats that are found lying on the ground, can’t fly, or show signs of abnormal movement should be considered potentially rabid.
Any animal showing strange behaviour like increased aggressiveness or being unnaturally tame may have rabies.
To protect your family and your pets, the RQHR says people should:
- Avoid direct contact with wild animals
- Avoid contact with bats, wild animals and any animal with abnormal behaviour
- Ensure pets’ vaccinations for rabies and other diseases are up to date
- Bat-proof your home with screens and by blocking any small entry points
- Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by a wild animal or a domestic animal or pet if you aren’t sure if their vaccinations are up to date
- Call the public health line if you have contact with a bat
Rabies can be prevented by getting the vaccine and treatment as soon as possible after exposure to the disease.
For more information visit the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region website.