Augusta, GA – According to the Richmond County Health Department, a rabid bat has been identified in the Brown Road/Old Waynesboro Road area of Augusta, in the area of Ridgeland Acres subdivision.
Officials say, all dogs and cats in this area should have an up-to-date rabies vaccination given by a registered veterinarian.
Reidents are urged to avoid contact with wild animals and to report any contact of humans with wild animals to the Richmond County Health Department at 706-667-4234 and report any contact of pets with wild animals to Richmond County Animal Services at 706-790-6836.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.