Health Unit raises awareness about bats and rabies

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Media Release – August 7, 2013

(LEEDS-GRENVILLE, ONTARIO) The Health Unit encourages residents to get more information about bats to help protect them from rabies.

Bats typically have their babies in June and come August many of the young bats are looking for their own roosting sites. Many bats will roost and hibernate in attics. Bats are nocturnal animals and feed most actively two or three hours following sunset. Bats are efficient insect controllers eating about three times their body weight. Although bats are beneficial, they can carry diseases such as rabies and histoplasmosis, which can affect humans and animals. They may also transmit distemper and mange to household pets. Approximately three percent of bats carry the rabies virus. The most common signs of rabies in bats are the inability to fly and resting in unusual places such as the ground or floor. It is important to remember many of the bats that get into our homes are healthy bats and are looking for a way out. – to read more>