Yolo officials urge caution after bat tests positive for rabies

Yolo County Animal Services officials urge residents to take measures to protect themselves from rabies after a bat found in the Woodland area tested positive for the virus.

The bat was found Friday in the area of County Road 102 and Farmer Central Road, according to a county news release.

Animal Services officials noted that bats are considered at high risk for rabies in Yolo County and should never be handled. They advise people who come in contact with bats to seek emergency care for preventive treatment for rabies.

To avoid exposure to rabies, officials encourage residents to:

Maintain current rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats 4 months of age or older.

Confine all pets, or keep them on a leash.

Warn people, especially children, to avoid all sick or injured animals.

Avoid all stray or wild animals, particularly bats observed during the day.

Report all loose animals.

Report all animal bites or scratches that break the skin, or any physical contact with bats, with or without a bite, to Yolo County Animals Services.

Officials stress that vaccinated pets act as a barrier between wild animals and humans to keep the rabies virus from spreading.

For more information, call Yolo County Animal Services at (530) 668-5287 or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.