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How can bats spread rabies?

While bites are a common way for diseases to be spread from bats to humans, exposure to saliva and other secretions can also lead to infection.

If you are bitten or saliva from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds, wash the affected area thoroughly and get medical attention immediately.

Bats have small teeth that may leave marks not easily seen. Although many people know if they have been bitten by a bat, there are certain circumstances when a person might not be aware or able to tell if a bite has occurred. For example:

  • if a person awakes to find a bat in the room
  • if you find a bat in a room with an unattended child
  • if you see a bat near a person with a disability

If the above occurs, get immediate medical attention.

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