STUART, Fla. - The Martin County Health Department has issued a health alert after a bat that came into contact with a resident of South Stuart tested positive for rabies Monday.
The incident happened over the weekend. The resident is receiving post exposure treatment at this time.
The Health Department released the following rabies prevention tips:
Ways to prevent rabies:
▪ Make sure your pets are up to date with their rabies vaccinations.
▪ Do not feed or handle wild animals.
▪ If you see an animal acting strangely, call Martin County Animal Control at 772-463-3211.
▪ If you get bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water for a least 5 minutes and see a doctor.
▪ Do not touch dead animals. Use gloves to remove and dispose of the animal properly.
▪ For more information, log on to: www.cdc.gov/rabies , or http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html