A rabies positive bat was found near the pavilion by Como Lake in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 30. A good Samaritan spotted the bat around 7:30 p.m. and submitted it for rabies testing.
Any pet owners who have recently been in the area where the bat was found, and have concerns their pet may have been exposed, should contact their veterinarian and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at 651-201-6808.
The Board recommends all dogs, cats, ferrets, and horses be currently vaccinated against the rabies virus. In the event that an animal is exposed or potentially exposed, pets should be rabies vaccinated within 96 hours of exposure.
Click on this link for information on rabies in animals and to view a map of positive cases in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued a press release about this incident, click here to read the release. Any potential human exposure to rabies should be referred a health care provider or to MDH at 651-201-5414.