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Summertime Brings Higher Risk Of Bat Exposure & Health Risks

5:56 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CAROLINA - The thought of bats might scare you, but they could be a welcome sight during the summer months and mosquito season.  Bats eat insects, but they can also be dangerous.

Since May and through July, bats have been caring for newborns.  It's common to find them in your attic or crawl spaces.  You always want to protect yourself from bats because they transmit rabies and other diseases.

If you find a bat inside, do not release it into the wild.  Try to confine the bat, and contact animal control so it can be tested for rabies.

If you've had any contact with a bat, immediately go to the hospital.  If you've been bitten, wash the wound with soap and water before seeing a doctor.   It's also important that you do not handle bats with your bare hands.

 

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