The Siouxland District Health Department is receiving an increasing number of bat-related possible rabies calls.
The calls usually peak in September because of bat migration and increased mobility of young bat pups.
Siouxland District Health Department Deputy Director Tyler Brock says if you get a bat in your home, try to get it out without touching it:
Brock says because rabies is a fatal disease to humans, do not take chances regarding exposure by contact with a bat:
Brock says rabies in humans is 100 percent preventable through prompt, appropriate medical care.
Brock says while the health department has tested several bats in recent weeks, no confirmed cases of rabies have been found in Woodbury County.
If you have any physical contact with a bat, you should wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap and water.
If you're bitten and need treatment, a series of anti-rabies shots would be administered in the patient's shoulder.