Clinton County urges people to catch bats

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Clinton County Health Department is urging people to try and catch any bats they or their pets come in contact with.

Most bats caught indoors should be tested for rabies. Health officials say rabies can be deadly if transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Bats have small sharp teeth that may not leave a physical bite mark or wake people up when sleeping.

At the end of July, Clinton County had a bat that tested positive for rabies. If you think you were exposed to a bat health officials say you should get vaccinated.

However, first you should try and catch the bat.

” What needs to be tested is their head,” said Amanda Finckel, Senior Public Health Sanitarian. “So, you can get a large coffee container, or tupperware, or anything you’ve got in the house. Wait for it to land on the wall or something and then cover it with cardboard or anything you’ve got.”

41 people have been vaccinated in Clinton County since the beginning of August. If you are concerned that you may have come into contact with a bat, you can call the Clinton County Health Department at (518)-565-4840.

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