Sixth rabid bat found in Chelan County

LEAVENWORTH — The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is the latest place a rabid bat has been found in Chelan County.

Animal control officers recovered the bat July 31 at 12790 Fish Hatchery Road, according to Barry Kling with the Chelan-Douglas Health District. It was ultimately transferred to the Washington State Lab, where it tested positive for the virus.

Kling said in a news release Aug. 2 that it was unclear whether anyone had come into contact with the bat. Anyone who did should call their local public health department or health care provider.

This is the sixth bat to test positive for rabies so far this year in Chelan County, according to the Health District. Reports began in late May.

Rabid bats have also been found in Wenatchee, Cashmere and Ohme Gardens this year. Two others were found dead in Wenatchee and Chelan but the Health District said they were not in the right condition to be tested for the virus.

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

— From The Wenatchee World