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Possible Bat Exposure in Weyburn

On September 26th, 2017 it was reported to Public Health that a bat was on and around the Souris School property at 316 5th Ave in Weyburn. The bat was observed near the school playground, as well as a rock wall near the corner of 5th Ave SE and 4th St SE between the approximate hours of 3pm and 5pm. It is possible that the bat was there before or after these times as well. There were reportedly a number of children in the area as the bat was injured on the ground. Witnesses have reported that the bat moved locations in this time as it was spotted in different areas.

Public Health is requesting that any member of the public who came into contact with this bat contact 1-888-295-8005 between the hours of 8am and 5pm or 306-421-5356 after hours Wednesday and 1-306-842-1426 after hours Thursday. It is possible that bats can transmit diseases to humans such as rabies. Although the likelihood that a bat has rabies is very low, bats can transmit rabies to humans through bites and scratches. It is important for public health to follow up with any individual who believe they have had any contact with the bat. 

Public Health wishes to emphasize that members of the public should never touch a bat. Parents should discuss with their children the importance of avoiding contact with bats. If a bat is observed lying on the ground it should not be touched as it may be sick or injured and it should be reported. If you observe a sick or injured bat please call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan at 306-242-7177 .

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