LIVE OAK, Calif. - A resident of Live Oak found a live injured bat inside their home on August 2. After the bat was collected by the Sutter Animal Services Authority, it was tested for rabies and was found to be rabid.
The two adults and three children living in the home will undergo preventative post-exposure prophylaxis treatment. The three indoor dogs will undergo a strict 30-day quarantine.
The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) has provided the following tips for residents to 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
If you come into contact with bat inside or outside of your home, immediately contact the Sutter Animal Services Authority (SASA) at (530) 822-7375.