The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is advising residents that one bat in Regina has recently tested positive for rabies.
Residents are reminded to be aware of how rabies is spread, and how you can protect your families and pets from rabies exposure.
The bat was found in the backyard of a home in the Cathedral area this week. There have been two other bats test positive for the virus in the last six years.
Rabies is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. Animals behaving abnormally such as with increased aggression or being unnaturally tame. Bats that show signs of illness such as abnormal movement, loss of ability to fly or lying on the ground should be considered potentially rabid.
People should wear heavy protective gloves if forced to handle an animal, place it in a box and call Public Health Services at 306-766-7755 or by calling the HealthLine at 811.