DPH: Possible Human Rabies Exposure to Rabid Bat in Marlborough Area

Possible Human Rabies Exposure to Rabid Bat in Marlborough Area

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising the person who brought a bat to a veterinary clinic in Marlborough on Friday morning, June 23rd to contact the Chatham Health District office at 860-365-0884. The bat tested positive for rabies on June 27th. The person should be evaluated for possible rabies virus exposure.

Rabies is a viral disease primarily of animals caused by infection of the brain and spinal cord. People get rabies from the bite of an infected animal. While rabies is a fatal disease once clinical signs appear, it can be prevented by thorough wound cleaning and timely medical treatment that includes administration of one dose of immune globulin (antibodies) and 4 doses of vaccine over 2 weeks.





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