The Boston Public Health Commission found a dead, rabid bat on the sidewalk in Back Bay and is asking anyone that may have made contact with the diseased mammal to notify them and contact their healthcare provider.
The rabies-infested bat found on Clarendon Street yesterday after several calls were received by Boston Animal Control officers.
Animal Control officers said at least two reports suggested someone had been
bitten by the rabid bat.
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``If anyone was in direct contact with this bat yesterday, they need preventive treatment against rabies,’’ said Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the BPHC.
If you didn’t touch the bat, you are not at any risk, according to reports.
What is rabies?
Rabies is a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system, according to reports from the BPHC.
The rabies virus is spread through the saliva of a rabid animal, usually because a rabid animal bites or scratches another person or animal.
The virus may also get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Once people get the virus, it spreads through the body and is often fatal.
Who to contact:
This evening, Wednesday, August 24, health officials will post fliers at churches and businesses along Clarendon between Commonwealth Avenue and Newbury Street advising anyone who had contact with the bat to call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534-5611.