Bat tests positive for rabies in Benton County

This is the first bat to test positive for the disease in Benton County in 2020.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 7:37 AM
Updated: Jun 22, 2020 10:44 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Benton County Health Department and Oregon public health officials have confirmed that a bat has tested positive for rabies.

A resident found a bat on their property that may have had contact with their domestic animal. They brought the bat to the Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where it later tested positive.

RELATED: LANE COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CASE OF BAT RABIES OF THE YEAR

“Bats are the primary reservoir of rabies in wild animals for our area of the country,” said Robert Baker with Benton County Environmental Health.

If you must handle a bat, it should be done with sturdy gloves or a tool such as a shovel. Direct contact with bats should always be avoided. In the event of bat contact such as a bite, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus.

“All pet owners should make certain that their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. Protecting pets from rabies can provide a buffer zone of immune animals between humans and rabid wild animals such as bats,” said Emilio DeBess with the Oregon Health Authority.

Rabies symptoms in wildlife can include lethargy, walking in circles, loss of muscular coordination, convulsions, irritability, aggressiveness, disorientation, excessive drooling and showing no fear of humans.

Animals displaying these behaviors should not be approached or handled. Animal control or wildlife authorities should be contacted instead.

Consult with your local county health department whenever there has been human or pet contact with bats or any animal that appears to be sick, injured or has bitten a human or pet.

Scroll for more content...

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 10395

Reported Deaths: 215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah252969
Marion166148
Washington162020
Clackamas86125
Umatilla7726
Union3561
Lincoln3464
Lane2283
Deschutes2210
Malheur2161
Polk16012
Linn1579
Jackson1520
Yamhill1398
Jefferson1340
Klamath1301
Morrow1071
Benton955
Hood River940
Wasco941
Josephine561
Clatsop540
Douglas510
Columbia420
Coos420
Lake210
Tillamook150
Crook130
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 65°
Corvallis
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 61°
Roseburg
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 70°
North Bend
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 59°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events