A rabid bat was found for the second time this summer in Seattle on Saturday.

King County Public Health says the bat was clinging to the bottom of a tree on the playground at Madison Park. The grounds crew taped off the area and called animal control.

This bat was from a different, more solitary species than the rabid bat found at Madison Park beach earlier this summer, said Dr. Meagan Kay, veterinarian and medical epidemiologist for King County Public Health in a statement. This tells us that the two cases were an unusual coincidence, not suggestive of an outbreak among local bat colonies.

Anyone who had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk to catch rabies. Once symptoms develop, rabies cannot be treated and almost always results in death. Initial rabies symptoms are similar to the flu and include:

  • General weakness or discomfort
  • Fever
  • Headache

As rabies progresses, the symptoms can become:

  • Discomfort or a prickling or itching sensation at the site of the bite
  • Cerebral dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Abnormal Behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia

If you touched or were bitten or scratched by a bat at Madison Park on Saturday, you're asked to call King County Public Health immediately at (206) 296-4774.

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