However, precautions can be taken at outdoor locales to help minimize the risk of exposure to bats and their excretions:
- When possible, prevent bats from entering outdoor living quarters and other occupied spaces. Consider "bat-proofing" your living space.
- Screens or mosquito netting can provide a useful barrier against direct bat contact.
- Teach children to never to handle live or dead bats, as well as any unfamiliar wild or domestic animals (even if they appear friendly). Tell them to report any contact or unusual animal behavior to an adult right away.
- In some settings, materials contaminated with bat droppings may have to be disposed of or decontaminated. In these situations, local and state authorities can provide more information on the requirements for the removal, transportation and disposal of contaminated material. Clean-up of areas contaminated with bat droppings should not be attempted by non-trained personnel, and proper personal protective equipment, including respirator, mask, gown and gloves, should be worn by anyone handling the potentially infectious material.
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