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Rabies Activity in Washington

The primary reservoir of rabies in the Northwest is bats. Rabid bats have been found in almost every county in Washington. Between 5-10% of bats submitted for testing are found to be rabid. This is a skewed population of sick and injured bats; less than 1% of healthy bats are infected with rabies.

In 2014, a total of 15 rabid bats were identified in Washington State, including four in King County, three in Kitsap County, two each in Klickitat and Whatcom counties, and one each in Island, Clallam, Skagit, and Snohomish counties.

In 2013, a total of 12 rabid bats were identified in Washington State, including four in King County, three in Whatcom County, and one each in Clallam, Franklin, Jefferson, Kittitas, and Kitsap counties.

Prevent rabies by vaccinating pets (now required for dogs, cats and ferrets in Washington.) Avoid feeding and having contact with wildlife.

It is very important to thoroughly wash wounds from an animal bite, immediately seek medical care, and if possible, safely capture any bat that has had contact with a person. Call your local health department with questions.

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2014 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2013 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2012 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2011 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2010 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2009 (PDF)

Map of reported rabid bat locations in Washington State, 2008 (PDF)

Bats Tested in Washington State, 2006-2014 (PDF)

Animals tested for rabies, 1988-2014 (PDF)