The Otsego County Department of Health reports that a bat has tested positive for rabies on May 1, 2020 in Oneonta. The bat was found in a room where four people were sleeping. It was captured and sent for rabies testing. The people exposed were started on rabies post exposure treatment. Rabies is considered 100% fatal once symptoms appear. It is 100% preventable if post exposure treatment is started prior to symptoms and the schedule is adhered to.

This time of year we see an increase in calls regarding bats in homes. Young bats are just starting to fly and are more likely to get into living space. Bats can get into your home through narrow gaps in screens, windows, and doors or holes as small as a dime. To avoid bat encounters do not leave doors or windows open without screens and make sure the screens are tight."

Residents are encouraged to call the Otsego County Health Department at 607-547-4230 for more information regarding rabies and animal bites.