Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Harpswell, Maine
Rabies in Maine
Rabies is not uncommon in the state of Maine but whenever there's a positive case reported it's good to be reminded of the risks.
Maine's Division of Disease Surveillance defines rabies as a type of disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and while rare in humans, it is common in animals. Animals that are commonly infected in Maine are skunks, raccoons, bats, and foxes.
Rabies in Humans
Humans can contract rabies from a rabid animal from being bitten or scratched. After exposure, it is incredibly important to seek immediate medical attention. The Center for Disease Control states that early symptoms can appear to be flu-like, as well as a "prickling or itching sensation" where bitten. As symptoms progress the infected individual can experience a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, confusion, delirium, hallucinations, and can ultimately end in death.
Harpswell Recreation reported on Facebook today that a bat in the area tested positive for rabies. The Maine Division of Disease Surveillance states that bat exposures in particular are difficult to detect.
How to Stay Safe
The best courses of action to protect oneself are to avoid contact with wild animals and keeping pets updated on their rabies vaccine.
For a full list of information and local resources, head on over to the Maine Division of Disease Surveillance website, here.