Dead bat found on downtown Wenatchee sidewalk

WENATCHEE — A dead bat was found July 18 on a downtown Wenatchee sidewalk and Chelan-Douglas Health District officials are urging anyone who may have touched it to contact their local health jurisdiction.

The bat was found in the 20 block of South Wenatchee Avenue, according to a health district news release.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society animal control officers delivered the dead bat to the health district. Due to the condition of the bat, it could not be tested for rabies. It is unknown if anyone, or any pet, came in touch with the bat. Touching a rabid bat, without gloves, may expose a person, or pet to rabies.

If you or someone you know, or any of their pets, touched this bat, call the health district at 886-6400 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone who encounters a bat should be evaluated by a medical professional for risk of rabies. If bitten, the medical provider should immediately report the bat bite to Chelan-Douglas Health District or your local health jurisdiction.

Please contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has come in contact with a bat.

Health district spokeswoman Veronica Farias reminds everyone to never touch live or dead wild animals – especially bats, and keep all pets updated on their vaccines as required by Washington State Law.

If you find a bat in your home, call the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s animal control team at 662-9577, ext. 1.