Have you Been Bitten by a Bat?
If you are bitten by a bat, follow the steps below:
Being bit by a bat or any other wild animal is a serious problem and should not be taken lightly. As soon as you realize you were bitten contact your local health department IMMEDIATELY!
While few wild animals have rabies, it is a deadly virus. Rabies can be prevented with prompt treatment. If you were bitten by an animal with rabies, you need rabies post-exposure treatment.
Treatment consists of a dose of human rabies immune globulin on the day treatment starts and four doses of rabies vaccine given over a period of two weeks. If possible, try to contain the animal that bit you so it can be tested.
If it tests negative, you will not need to receive treatment. Please take all bites seriously, some people feel badly that the animal needs to be put down and tested for rabies, but remember that if you get rabies it is fatal and you do not want to take any chances.