Rabid bat found in West Springfield

Infected bat may have made contact with cat on Wednesday, October 19

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The West Springfield Health Department is warning residents, after the discovery of a rabid bat. The bat, which is believed to have made contact with a pet cat on Southworth Street this past Wednesday, has tested positive for the disease.

The department says that residents in the center of West Springfield should be especially careful that their dogs, cats, and ferrets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. They are also urging residents who may have made contact with bats in or around Southworth Street to contact their doctor to determine whether they need treatment.

They are also reminding residents to eliminate any potential points-of-entry for bats to get into your home, especially as the weather turns colder.

If you have any questions, you are asked to call the West Springfield Health Department at (413) 263-3206.