Rabies in Bats: Confirmed Case in Dorset

Defra has confirmed that a bat has tested positive for rabies in Poole, Dorset.

Although the disease is very rare in Great Britain, it is possible for rabies to be passed from bats to humans via a bite or scratch from an infected animal, or from its saliva coming into contact with your mucous membranes (your eyes, mouth or nose). This means that there is no risk if you do not handle bats.

If you regularly handle bats, you should be vaccinated against rabies and follow guidance on handling safely.

More information on what to do if you are bitten or scratched, signs of rabies in bats and how to report suspected cases is available at Gov.UK.