The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has issued a rabies alert after a bat found on May 6, 2015 in a Hidden Woods Apartments unit at 413 Hideaway Loop, Glen Burnie, tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease. Animals that have rabies can spread the disease to humans and pets through a bite or scratch, or if infected saliva touches a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin.
Not all bats carry rabies, but anyone who has had contact with a bat or has seen a bat in a room with a sleeping or intoxicated person or an unattended child should call the Department of Health at 410-222-7256, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or after hours at 443-481-3140. A Department representative will speak with you and may recommend medical treatment. If a pet has had contact with a bat, call County Animal Control at 410-222-8900. Pet owners are advised to keep rabies vaccinations current for dogs, cats and ferrets.
If you find a bat that is inside your home or one that is showing unusual behavior (such as being active in the daytime or unafraid of humans) or that appears sick or injured, DO NOT TOUCH THE BAT. If possible, shut the bat in a room by itself or trap it under a trashcan. Immediately call County Animal Control at 410-222-8900.
To get a free brochure on bats and rabies, call 410-222-7256.