NMDOH: Dont touch the bats! – KOAT New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health is asking homeowners to keep their hands to themselves, well at least when it pertains to unknown animals and/or wildlife in distress. According to a release from the DOH sent out Monday, the state has actually gotten increased reports of individuals can be found in contact with bats.
“Because of present high temperatures and lack of water, bats can have the propensity to fall on the ground from their perches where the nighttime animals usually hang throughout daylight. Their response to extreme heat can cause bats to appear ill and display unusual habits,” the release said. “If you see a ill or dead bat, dont touch it,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “You may believe youre doing the kind thing by attempting to help an animal, however if that animal bites or scratches you, you might put yourself at threat for rabies. Dead animals can likewise posture threat for rabies if improperly handled.”While bats do not typically bring rabies, 2 bats from Torrance County did test positive for the disease this year. In 2020, a total of 9 bats in various counties around the state likewise evaluated positive for rabies. DOH asks anyone who is available in contact with an animal in distress to report it to their local city or county animal control service department.

“You might think youre doing the kind thing by attempting to help an animal, however if that animal bites or scratches you, you might put yourself at danger for rabies. DOH asks anybody who comes in contact with an animal in distress to report it to their local city or county animal control service department.

“You might think youre doing the kind thing by attempting to assist an animal, but if that animal bites or scratches you, you might put yourself at danger for rabies.

“Because of present high temperatures and lack of water, bats can have the tendency to fall on the ground from their perches where the nighttime animals generally hang during daytime. “You may believe youre doing the kind thing by trying to help an animal, but if that animal bites or scratches you, you might put yourself at threat for rabies. DOH asks anyone who comes in contact with an animal in distress to report it to their local city or county animal control service department.