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Grand Canyon Bats Test Positive for Rabies

July 21
15:04 2014

Grand Canyon National Park reports that two bats did test positive for rabies in July. One bat was allowed to crawl all over a visitor while other people photographed the bat. The bat was later tested for rabies after being captured and euthanized. Testing on a bat found dead on the North Kaibab Trail was also positive. Anyone having contact with either bat should see a healthcare provider and contact the park at 928-638-7767.

CBat Grand Canyonoconino County has incidents of rabid animals each year. If you see sick or erratic behaving wildlife, do not approach or touch them. Notify authorities as soon as possible. Keep your pets vaccinated and on a leash. Teach your children to tell you if they are bitten or scratched by an animal. The National Park Serviced reminds visitors to observe and appreciate wildlife from a distance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

Recent data suggest that transmission of rabies virus can occur from minor, seemingly unimportant, or unrecognized bites from bats. Human and domestic animal contact with bats should be minimized, and bats should never be handled by untrained or unvaccinated persons or be kept as pets.”

Additional information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/bats.html

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