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Living With Bats

If a human or pet was exposed to a bat

Exposure is when there has been any penetration of the skin by teeth/claws or when open wounds/mucous membranes have been contaminated by saliva or other potentially infectious material.

Call the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) immediately. They are open 24 hours a day for consultation and help to determine if there was an exposure and/or to answer any other rabies-related questions. Call (907) 269-800, during the hours between 8 am to 5 pm Monday–Friday, all other times call (800) 478-0084.

Please report the bat to your local Alaska Department of Fish and Game office so they can coordinate with ADHSS and the ADF&G Veterinarian.

If there has been No Human or Pet Exposure

Report the bat to your local Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) office. When the ADF&G employee receives a report of a sick or dead bat and there has been NO human/pet exposure reported, they will refer the contact to the Regional Wildlife Diversity Program Biologist for response.

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