Bat tests positive for rabies in Livingston County

AVON, N.Y. (WHEC) — A bat in Livingston County has tested positive for rabies on Friday.

The Livingston County Public Health Director confirmed that a bat found in Avon tested positive for rabies.

Thankfully, the department of health says no one has been identified as at risk of exposure.

Officials remind the public to continue to report all potential rabies exposures.

Here are some important steps you can follow to prevent rabies.

  • Stay away from unfamiliar animals, either wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Thoroughly wash any wound from an animal with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Avoid wild and feral animals, especially if the animal is showing any sign of rabies.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by keeping your pet’s vaccinations current. Getting your pet vaccinated can help stop the spread of rabies from wild animals to humans.