What to do if you were bitten by a bat

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 IMMEDIATLY! Few wild animals have rabies, however it is a deadly virus, and if you were bit by an animal with it you need rabies post-exposure shots. These are a series of 5 shots in your arm on days 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28. If at all possible try to contain the animal that bit you so it can be tested, if it tests negative you will not receive the shots. 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.

Centers for Disease Control information on Rabies

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