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Brunswick: Bat tests positive for rabies

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Brunswick Police report on their Facebook page that a bat from a home on Alda Parkway, in Brunswick, tested positive for rabies on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

The Medina County Health Department sent the bat to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Laboratory in Columbus on May 15, 2013.

There was a reported exposure to the family pet.

Brunswick Police say that in the past, a rabies case has occurred every one to three years in Medina County.

The last reported Medina County rabies case was in a bat from Medina City in March 2013, making this current report the second rabid bat in Medina County this year.

Rabies is common in bat populations in Ohio.

Generally, four to five percent of all bats test positive for rabies.  

It is important to keep bats out of the home to prevent exposure.

Residents are advised to capture a bat if it is inside a house and call the Medina County Health Department.  Do not release the bat.  

Here are the instructions from Brunswick Police for any resident that encounters a bat in a house.

Ways to catch a bat inside a building include:

Wear gloves and avoid direct skin contact with the bat.

Avoid harming the bat head.

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.

Cover the bat with a coffee can or similar container. Slide a piece of cardboard under the can to trap the bat and tape the cardboard tightly to the can.

If necessary, use a net or long pole with a piece of duct tape (sticky side out) to capture the bat.

Do not use a glue board to capture the bat as this affects the rabies test.

Do not drown the bat as this affects the rabies test.  

The Medina County Health Department can also provide a list of licensed animal control professionals that you may contact.  If any 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.   Rabies information is available by visiting the ODH website, the Medina County Health Department website at, or by contacting the Medina County Health Department Environmental Division at 330-723-9523 or toll-free at 1-888-723-9688.

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