Public Health and Wellness Reminds Public Not to Handle or Touch Bats

August 6, 2014

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness is reminding people to never touch or handle bats. Bats are a major carrier of rabies, a fatal disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) rabid bats have been documented in all states of the continental United States. Bats should never be handled by untrained and unvaccinated persons or be kept as pets. Recent data suggest that transmission of rabies virus can occur from even minor, seemingly unimportant, or unrecognized bites from bats. If a live bat gets into a home living space, it should be removed by Metro Animal Services or a trained pest removal specialist.
?Children and adults should never, never touch a bat or any wild animal,? said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. ?If you do happen to come into contact with a bat, even if you don?t think it bit you, you should notify the Department of Public Health and Wellness immediately,? she said.