Sunday, June 2, 2013

Maryland: Rabid bat found in Annapolis apartment

A rabid bat was found inside an Annapolis apartment this week, triggering a health alert from the Anne Arundel County health department.

The bat, which tested positive for the deadly disease, was found Thursday in Woodside Garden Apartments in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive. Rabid animals can spread rabies to humans and pets through bites or scratches. The disease can also spread if a person's eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin comes in contact with infected saliva.

Do not touch bats that appear sick or injured or display unusual behavior, such as being active in the daytime or unafraid of humans. Call Animal Control at 410-222-8900 and trap the bat if possible.