The Ledge Light Health District is putting the public on notice that a bat captured in a Gales Ferry home has tested positive for rabies.
The bat was captured on April 4 in the Eagle Ridge Drive area of Ledyard. The rabies test came back positive on April 6.
The Health District reminds folks that:
"Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus."
"The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals. Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.)"
The Health District says the public should refrain from feeding or approaching any wild or stray animals.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ledge Light Health District at 860-448-4882 or the Animal Control Officer at 860-464-9621.