A bat found in Barron County tested positive for the rabies virus, according to Barron County Public Health Department director Laura Sauve. This is the first time since 2014 that an animal with rabies has been found in the county. Sauve said a pet in Barron County had come in contact with a bat and the owners called the Barron County Sheriff’s Department on June 18. The bat was killed and sent to Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for rabies testing, which reported positive results on Thursday, June 20. Fortunately, the pet was up to date on its rabies vaccinations. It was given a vaccine booster and is currently quarantined to see if it develops symptoms.
Sauve said if the pet had not been vaccinated prior to the contact with the bat, it would have been recommended that the pet be put down.