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I was just bitten by a tiny baby brown bat. The bat had no teeth and did not puncture skin. Should I test for rabies?
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Most of the recent human rabies cases in the United States have been caused by rabies virus from bats so it's a good idea to consult your physician immediately.
Rabies can be confirmed only in a laboratory with the specimen. However, any bat that is active by day, is found in a place where bats are not usually seen (for example, in a room in your home or on the lawn), or is unable to fly, is far more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often the most easily approached. You should never handle any bat.
Rabies is a fatal disease. If you have not already consulted your physician, you should do so immediately.
9 years ago