Bat found on balcony in Fremont tested positive for rabies

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FREMONT, California (KRON) – A bat found in a neighborhood in Fremont has tested positive for rabies, according to the Fremont Police Department.

Officials said a free-tailed Mexican bat was found on a balcony on Thursday near Guardino Drive and Walnut Avenue.

The bat was caught and tested by Alameda County vector control, which is investigating the situation.

At the moment, authorities say there is no known contact between the bat and another animal or person.

In October 2019, the last case of rabid bat was reported in the Northgate area.

Those in the immediate area have been informed.

Alameda County has published useful information to learn more about rabies disease:

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and nervous system. It can be avoided if the exposed person or animal receives a series of rabies vaccines as soon as possible after the exposures.

If you have been touched or bitten by this bat, it is advisable to contact Alameda County Acute Communicable Disease at Alameda County at (510) 267-3250.

Here are some preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies.
  • Limit dogs to the property, especially puppies under three months of age.
  • Report any animal bite in humans.
  • Report any close contact between dogs and cats with wild animals at Animal Services.
  • Do not feed wild animals by hand. Do not come into close contact or attempt to care for a sick or injured animal.
  • Do not entice skunks with food. Pet food left outside is a strong invitation to skunks and other animals.
  • Eliminate waste heaps, rocks, wood, hollow logs and heavy growth of vegetation where wild animals could hide.
  • Do not provide shelter for bats. Close, seal and screen all openings so that there are no more than ¼ inch, especially at the roof. Install a ¼ inch screen over the attic vents and keep it in good condition.

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