DELAWARE, Ohio (WTVN) -- Another bat has tested positive for rabies in Delaware County. It's the second this month.
"We haven't had a rabid bat previously since 2010 so it is a little different to find a couple this year," said Adam Howard with the Delaware General Health District.
He says about 3 to 5 percent of all wild bats carry the disease, so finding them in Delaware County isn't uncommon.
The latest bat was discovered Tuesday on North Franklin Street in Delaware. The first positive bat was located on Granville Street in Sunbury.
"We're just cautioning people to report any bats that they find in their home because it could be a potential exposure to rabies," said Howard.
While bats don't normally attack people, Howard says they can expose you to the disease with a small, nearly undetectable bite. It's something you should take very seriously, especially if you wake up to find a bat in your room or near an unattended child.
"Rabies is nearly 100 percent fatal so it's very important to test any bat that you are exposed to," he said.
If you find a bat inside your home, shut it inside an unoccupied room. Approach it slowly while wearing heavy gloves and place a box or coffee can over it. Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breath. Then contact the Health District to make arrangements for rabies testing.
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