County officials say the bat was caught on September 4 at Continental Drive, City of Lockport and there was no known risk to humans or pets. The bat was sent to the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center, Griffen Laboratory for testing.
“Bats, raccoons, skirting and fox are all common wildlife carriers of rabies virus. It is possible that a rabid animal may shed the virus in direct contact (share) before symptoms appear. By submitting laboratory samples A rabid animal is confirmed. Please contact this office. If a bat meets your house to discuss, there is a reason to be concerned before release or to dispose of the bat, “Scott Ecker, Associate Supervising Sanitarians, said.
The Niagara County Department of Health would like to remind county residents of the following precautions to prevent the risk of rabies from wildlife and domestic animals:
Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or wild cats.
Make sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
Keep pets indoors at night. Do not leave them outside unattended or let them roam.
-Do not attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seeds or other foods
Which can attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors. Cover tightly, or remove the trash cans. Any board
Opens to your attic, cellar, porch or garage. Cap your chimney with the screen.
-In order to immediately bite children, tell children if they have been bitten by an animal. Ask children not to touch anyone
They do not know animals.
-If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander. Alert children and pets indoors and neighbors
He is out.
-If your pet is quarreling with another animal, wear gloves to handle it. Distinguish it from other animals and
People for several hours. Call your vet.
Report all animal bites or contact wild animals at the Niagara County Department of Health Environment Division at 439-7444.