The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) has identified a rabid bat from the Ridgewood Neighborhood (N. Fountain and Plum behind the old hospital). The CCCHD will only test bats that have had a potential exposure to humans and pets.

Rabies is a serious disease that is caused by a virus. Bats are the most common carriers of rabies. But, other wild animals may also be carriers of the disease. The presence of one affected animal in the area means that local residents should be concerned about the possibility of more and take the proper precautions. It is recommended that humans and domestic animals stay clear of all wild life.

The CCCHD has a standing order in place that mandates all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies. If you are bitten by an at risk animal, seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or urgent care.

For more information, contact the Clark County Combined Health District at 937-390-5600 or access the website at www.ccchd.com and search rabies.

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