Did you touch bats in Ontario Lake? If yes, don’t forget to test for rabies
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) is urging swimmers who may have touched Bat In Ontario Lake to get tested for rabies immediately and if they are tested positive to seek medical attention immediately.
The health unit says that anyone who comes in contact with the bat may be exposed to rabies.
The health unit officials report a bat dove into the quarry swimming area at Belwood Lake, which is located near Dufferin County’s border.
Some swimmers even tried to rescue the bat which was retrieved by Grand River Conservation Authority staff.
WDGPH stated, “Any swimmers who may have physically contacted the bat could have been exposed to rabies. Anyone in direct contact with the bat needs to contact their health care provider or go to the nearest emergency department.”
The health unit officials said that the virus is spread by wild animals such as Foxes, bats, skunks and Raccoons. It is transmitted through Saliva of the infected animal.