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Rabies in a Bat from San Miguel County

August 12, 2014 - Zoonotic Diseases - Disease

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division confirmed rabies in a bat from San Miguel County. A 3-year-old girl came in contact with the bat while it was alive on the ground. The young child is receiving rabies vaccination to prevent her from developing the fatal disease.

This is the first rabid animal reported in San Miguel County in 2014. Prior to this, the most recent bat that tested positive for rabies in San Miguel County was in 2012.

“Rabies is fatal in humans. If you have been exposed to a rabid animal, rabies can be prevented with a series of vaccinations,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward. “We want to remind everyone to avoid any animal that is on the ground. It could have rabies and pass it on to you.”

Everyone, especially children, should be reminded never to touch a bat. Bats or other wild animals behaving abnormally should be reported to local animal control authorities. This helps protect the community from being exposed to rabies or other dangerous diseases.

The following guidelines can help protect you and your family from rabies:

If you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or a pet, the Department of Health recommends the following guidelines:

For more information, visit the Rabies section of our website.

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