The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if an individual has been bitten or scratched by a bat or other wildlife, or if a bat has touched an open wound or mucous membrane such as the eyes, nose or mouth, the bat/wildlife should be captured and tested for rabies. Bats should also be captured for testing if they are discovered:
- In an area where people have been sleeping
- In a daycare setting
- In an area where persons are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Laboratory testing is the only method to confirm the presence of the rabies virus in bats and other wildlife. If the animal is not available for testing, the rabies vaccination series is recommended for all those exposed.
Bat/wildlife Exposure Incident In a Campus Facility
- Individuals should evacuate the area, close the doors, and contact Security and Safety at 229-5555.
- Do not attempt to capture or kill the bat.
- Make a list of all individuals exposed to the bat/wildlife. The list should be submitted Security and Safety
- All those with possible contact should wash the area of potential contact with soap and water.
- If rabies testing is performed on the bat/wildlife, results will be communicated to safety and security. The Health Service will contact the individuals on the exposure list and recommend any necessary medical procedures
- A Facilities Operations work order will be generated by Security and Safety personnel to correct any structural problems (e.g., ripped screen) that allowed the bat to enter the facility.
Bat/wildlife Incident Training
New and annual employee bat-related rabies prevention training will be conducted for the following groups: Residential Life staff (including Community Assistants), Security and Safety staff, Facilities Operations staff, Health Service staff. The scope and frequency of the training will be determined by the manager responsible for each of these areas.
- St. Lawrence County Public Health Department – 386-2325 – http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Public_Health/SLCPH.htm
- NYS Health Department – http://www.health.state.ny.us/home.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/
Last Updated 12/07/06