Dear Dr. Hershey,
I have heard that bats carry rabies, what should I do if I find a bat in the house?
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system and is deadly if rabies prophylaxis is not given in time to the exposed individual. The virus is spread through saliva, most commonly through a bite.
Symptoms of rabies can vary. There is a “dumb form” in which the animal appears too docile, and the “furious form” in which the animal becomes vicious and will attack without provocation.