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Sutter County Public Health Confirms Live Bat Taken To School Is Rabid
September 20, 2018

Yuba City, California. On September 17, 2018, a live bat was found at the 400 block of Humphrey Rd. in Sutter County. A child then took the bat to Franklin Elementary School located at 332 North Township, Yuba City, CA.

Sutter Animal Services Staff responded to the school and collected the bat. Sutter Animal Services Authority submitted the bat for rabies testing through the Sutter County Health Department and it was found to be rabid.

Sutter County Health Department contacted School Officials and the parents of the child with specific instructions.

The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) states on their website “Avoid contact with wild animals. Put screens on all windows and use chimney caps. Place draft-guards beneath doors to ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly. Do not keep doors or unscreened windows open, especially if people are sleeping. Evacuate any room with a live bat and close the door”.

Contact Sutter Animal Services Authority (SASA) at: 530-822-7375 immediately if there is a live or dead bat inside or outside your home. Never touch bats, especially if appearing sick or dead. Keep your pets' rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

For more information on rabies: San Francisco Public Health Communicable Disease control and Public Health: http://www.sfcdcp.org/rabies.html and California Department of Public Health: https://archive.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/rabies.aspx