Title: Rabid Bat Found in Town of Newfane Home Prompts Health Department Investigation
In a recent incident, a rabid bat was discovered in a residence on Phillips Road in the Town of Newfane, igniting concerns about potential exposure to rabies. The incident has prompted the Niagara County Department of Health to launch an immediate investigation into the matter.
The rabid bat was swiftly transferred to the Health Wadsworth Laboratory for testing. Upon receiving the results on Thursday, it was confirmed that the bat had indeed tested positive for rabies. Consequently, the health department has initiated the necessary measures to protect both humans and animals involved.
As a precautionary measure, a cat from the same household is currently placed under quarantine while awaiting its rabies vaccination status. Additionally, the health department is contemplating giving post-exposure shots to the individuals residing in the affected home, ensuring their safety and well-being.
This is not an isolated incident, as rabid bats have been discovered in neighboring areas as well. In the months of July, rabid bats were found in Pendleton and North Tonawanda, heightening concerns regarding public health and safety.
It is crucial for pet owners to prioritize the well-being of their furry companions by ensuring their dogs and cats are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Closely following this, the Niagara County Department of Health is urgently advising all residents to take necessary precautions in order to avert exposure to rabies from wildlife and domestic animals.
Simple yet effective precautions include refraining from feeding, touching, or adopting wild animals, stray dogs, or feral cats. Keeping pets indoors during nighttime hours and implementing measures that discourage wild animals from making their way to your home or yard are also key preventative steps.
The health department emphasizes the importance of immediate reporting by children if they have been bitten by any animal. Parents and guardians should be vigilant in educating their children about this matter.
Moreover, if a wild animal ventures onto your property, it is advised to allow it to wander away without any unnecessary interference. In the unfortunate event that your pet engages in a fight with another animal, it is strongly recommended to wear gloves when handling your pet, isolate it from other animals and people, and promptly seek guidance from your veterinarian.
The discovery of a rabid bat in a Newfane household has prompted crucial measures by the Niagara County Department of Health, underscoring the significance of rabies prevention and the need to take swift action to protect both humans and their beloved pets. Stay informed, stay alarmed, and prioritize the safety and well-being of yourself, your family, and your pets.