LEONARDTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials are advising residents in the St. Mary's county area to be cautious of bats living in the attics and other areas of their homes.
The St. Mary's County Health Department said they have received reports of this. They recommend not letting bats inside the home and if you do find one, it is advised not to touch it with bare hands since some bats may be infected with rabies.
To prevent exposure to rabies, please take the following measures:
• Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, sheep, and cattle vaccinated against rabies.
• Keep your pet under your control at all times, especially when traveling.
• Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife.
• Avoid sick animals or animals that are acting in an unusual manner.
• Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside.
• Do not relocate wildlife.
• Take precautions against exposure to bats, as described above.
• If you or your pet has been bitten or otherwise exposed to a suspected rabid domestic animal, get the owner's name, address, and phone number and contact the St. Mary's County Health Department immediately.
If you have had contact with a bat call the St. Mary's County Health Department at 301-475-4321.