Rabid bat found at Ohlone College

From Ohlone’s Chief of Police:

On Sunday, a visitor to the campus found a bat that was on the ground, flopping around, staggering as it walked, and appeared ill. The visitor appeared to be familiar with rabid bats as he isolated and placed the bat in a box. He did not notify Campus Police but did attempt to contact the Fremont Animal Control but no officers were on duty. The visitor arranged to have the bat picked up by a Bay Area agency and the bat tested positive for rabies.

The Alameda County Health Department has responded to the area and is in the process of notifying the neighborhood residences as well as the college district.

As a reminder, please alert all staff, faculty, and students NOT to handle any bats or other small animals that display any of the following characteristics:

Roaming, staggering, or otherwise acting in a strange or unusual manner in the daytime.

Rabies is a virus that is transmitted in the saliva of infected warm blooded animals through any break in your skin by biting, scratching, or licking a break in the skin. Animals that are at high risk for carrying rabies are: bats, skunks, foxes, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, dogs, and cats. Low risk animals are: gophers, mice, rats, hamsters, squirrels, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

If any animal is observed displaying any of these characteristics, call Campus Police immediately at 659-6111 or 6111 from an internal phone line. An officer will respond to assess the animal and contact local authorities.

Matt Artz

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