Rabid bat found in Middleton, health officials say

Bat with rabies found near Warner Park, health officials say

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Public health officials found a rabid bat on a residential sidewalk on Middleton’s north side over the weekend.

According to a news release, the bat was found on Manito Court on Sunday. The bat was collected and tested for rabies as a precaution.

Officials said there were no known exposures as of Tuesday morning. Public Health Animal Services staff plan to canvass the neighborhood where the bat was found to track down any potential exposures.

“While not all bats carry rabies, it is not uncommon to find a rabid bat in our community,” said Environmental Health Supervisor John Hausbeck. “If you find a bat outside that is not acting normally, especially if they’re seen during the day or on the ground, don’t touch it, call the Animal Services Officer Dispatch right away.”

Hausbeck said the number of bats submitted for rabies testing typically peaks in August and September.

So far this year, 15 bats have tested positive for rabies in Wisconsin. Eleven of those bats have been found in Dane County.

Anyone who thinks they might have come into contact with the bat should call the non-emergency dispatch line at 608-255-2345 and ask for Animal Services.