A rabid bat has been found in Burlington.
Halton’s Health Department says test results, received this week from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, confirm rabies in a bat found in the area of Plains Road East and Brant Street.
Bats can be found in barns, caves, and occasionally in homes and the public is being warned to avoid contact with them, as well as with other wild animals. Officials note that raccoons, skunks and foxes are also a source of rabies in Ontario.
Infected animals may show unprovoked aggression or be unusually tame and froth at the mouth.
According to the health department, rabies is a viral disease usually spread through a bite that can cause severe damage to the spinal cord leading to death. Illness in humans can be prevented after exposure, but only if the vaccine is administered before symptoms occur.