What to do if you get bat bite?

Bats are wild animals and act as host to a vast number of disease-causing microorganisms, and because of this, these seemingly harmless creatures are actually not as harmless as they tend to look. From their saliva to their droppings, everything you can think of about bats is laced with harmful pathogens that cause deadly diseases in humans and other animals. It’s a known fact that bats are not aggressive by nature, these animals tend to stay away from humans. Bats are nocturnal animals and only get active at night, during the day these animals remain hidden in their nests snoozing all day, so they rarely make any intentional contact with humans.

However, if you happen to have a bat colony roosting in your building or somewhere close to your home, you may come across these flying mammals. It is very rare to be attacked by a bat, most times when bats see humans, they find a way to retreat. A bat will always try to find an escape route but if it feels cornered or trapped with no retreat route then it may lash out as a way to defend itself. Bats have about 22 teeny tiny teeth that are razor-sharp and only one slight contact with the skin will draw blood. A bat bite is usually very tiny, much like a needle-prick rather than an actual bite with teeth marks.

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These animals may be gentle but when provoked they will not hesitate to fight back and a bat bite will definitely get their saliva into the bloodstream and leave the victim at risk of getting infected with some disease.

Bat bites may seem unserious but they are very serious and can be deadly, especially if the bat has been behaving strangely. You can tell if a bat has the rabies virus if it’s being rabid. A rabid bat will be lying around which is very unlike normal bats, it will be unable to fly, unable to get away from humans as they approach, and will obviously have very low energy levels. If you see a bat struggling to move, or trying to fly but falling back down on every attempt, do not pick it up out of pity because it may be sick with rabies and if you do pick it up you’ll get bitten.

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Never try to help a sick bat, call animal control instead, and ensure you caution your kids to avoid bats. However, if you’ve had an unlucky contact with a bat that left the animal’s saliva in your body, then you have to act quickly to ensure that you don’t get sick with a deadly disease. Bats are known to carry the rabies virus and one bite from a rabies-infected bat is enough to get the virus into your body since this virus is present in the saliva of infected animals. When you’ve been bitten by a bat, the very first thing to do is quickly wash the affected area of your body under running water to get as much of the saliva off as possible. But as bat bites are like needle-pricks, they are able to inject their saliva directly into the bloodstream. Therefore, you need to quickly get to the hospital for an examination by a doctor and possibly get a rabies vaccination.