August 19, 2016 9:00 a.m.
A bat involved in a biting incident on Tuesday in the Azalea area, has tested positive for rabies.
Information from the Douglas County Environmental Health Program says the incident took place in the area of Staveout Creek Road.
The public is advised to avoid any animals that exhibit un-characteristic behavior such as a wild animal showing no fear of humans. Staff from the department says it’s natural for animals to keep a distance from or be wary of humans. If you see a wild animal or stray dog or cat, do not approach the animal and do not try and determine if the animal is sick on your own. Instead, contact Douglas County Animal Control.
People who are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or a stray should immediately wash the area with soap and water for at least five minutes, contact a qualified health care provider and report the incident to your local health department.
Rabies is an acute viral disease that can be transmitted from wild animal to unvaccinated pets and livestock, as well as to humans. It is caused by the rabies virus, which is present in the saliva of infected animals, and is transmitted through infected secretions, usually through the bite of a rapid animal.
If you notice any wild or stray animals exhibiting unusual behavior, contact the Douglas County Environmental Health Program at 440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 440-4471.