Bat found at Hayward mall tests positive for rabies

Bay City News Service

A rabid bat was found at the Southland Mall in Hayward in early February and county officials are urging any victims to call the health department and a personal health care provider to get a vaccine.

The bat was found at entrance 8 at the mall Feb. 5. Victims include anyone or any pet that touched or was bitten by the bat.

Victims may have been exposed to rabies, which is a fatal disease that can usually be prevented if the victim gets a series of shots as soon as possible after being exposed.

The bat was submitted to the Alameda County Public Health Laboratory on Wednesday and tests came back positive Thursday.

The Alameda County Public Health Department can be reached at (510) 267-3250, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outside of those hours, callers are asked to follow the voice prompts to get in touch with the public health duty officer.

Source: mercurynews
Bat found at Hayward mall tests positive for rabies