Cathedral City woman possibly bitten by bat

A Cathedral City woman was treated at a local hospital after being bitten by a bat, the Department of Animal Services reported Wednesday.

The woman told Animal Services that she woke up and the bat landed on her shoulder. She thought it was her dog and chased her pet twice. It was then that she noticed that the bat was flying away.

She told officials her legs were covered in red marks and looked like ant bites.

Animal services officials said they attended the woman’s property around 2 p.m. and found the bat confined to the bathroom.

Agent Eric Espejo confiscated the bat. He was then transported to a county lab for testing. It is uncertain whether the bat is positive for rabies.

Animal Services will provide an update when the lab has completed its testing.

As is standard for a rabies control agency such as Riverside County Animal Services, a bat is always tested for rabies when someone has had contact with the mammal.

After speaking with the woman, an animal control officer said the woman received post-exposure treatment for rabies as a precaution.

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Jennifer R. Strohm