A dead bat found in the Guelph area has tested positive for rabies, according to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.
Officials said there was no human contact with the bat but an unvaccinated dog could have been exposed and is now under confinement at home for three months.
Public health said this serves as a reminder to stay away from all wildlife, including bats and stray cats and dogs. Pet owners are also being told to vaccinate their dogs and cats for rabies.
“This is the first official report of rabid wildlife in the Guelph area since 2012. Protect yourself and your family by vaccinating all pets and staying away from wildlife,” said Jessica Morris, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s Manager of Environmental Health.
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects mammals, including humans, and is most commonly spread by wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats.
People that have been bitten or scratched by an animal, or have been in contact with a suspicious animal and are concerned that they have been exposed to rabies, are instructed to call their doctor or go to the hospital.
If your dog or cat has been bitten or scratched by, or otherwise come in contact with, a suspicious animal, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.