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Bat Found In Dog's Mouth In Palm Beach Gardens Has Rabies

Story by CBS12 Web team

PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBS12) -- A dog is being held at home for observation for the next month and a half after it came home with a bat in its mouth.

The bat has rabies, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Fortunately the dog is current on its rabies vaccines.  The home confinement is a precaution.

However, family members who handled the bat and came in contact with the dog are being advised to get the vaccine for rabies.  It's a series of four shots.

This marks the second rabid animal case in Palm Beach County this year.

The Health Department is advising homeowners to make sure their pets are up-to-date on their shots.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans.

The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization.

Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease. 

Other precautions:

•    Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets. 
•    Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
•    Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. 
•    Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated. 
•    Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. 
•    Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. 
•    Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.  
•    Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.
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