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Bat in Fairview tests positive for rabies

UPDATE: The Fairview Veterinary Clinic has clarified that the CFIA is only interested in testing bats that have been exposed to humans.

A bat has tested positive for rabies in Fairview. Fairview Veterinary Clinic says the animal was found dead in a backyard within the town and was given to the clinic for testing.

It tested positive for the rabies virus, prompting the vets to issue an advisory. All residents with outdoor pets are urged to make sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

“Do not panic,” the clinic maintains. “Contact your veterinary clinic to discuss your pets’ current vaccination status or with any questions and concerns.”

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Anyone who comes across a dead bat shouldn’t touch it with their bare hands. Instead, using gloves, it should be placed in a Ziplock bag or plastic container and brought to any vet clinic.

Testing is done through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Rabies Surveillance Program. It is free for the public to submit.

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