What should I do if I find a bat in my home?

In all instances of potential human exposures involving bats, the bat in question should be safely collected, if possible, and submitted for rabies diagnosis. Rabies postexposure prophylaxis is recommended for all persons with bite, scratch, or mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth) exposure to a bat, unless the bat is available for testing and is negative for evidence of rabies.  For more information regarding rabies exposure and bats please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/bats.html

Bats may be submitted alive; package in an ESCAPE-PROOF container (e.g. coffee can with tight fitting taped down lid) and clearly labeled “CAUTION - LIVE BAT.” DO NOT SHIP LIVE BATS! They MUST be hand-delivered to the laboratory;

Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories 

110 Pickering Way 

Exton, PA 19341

Phone: 610-280-3464


Results are generally reported within 24-72 hours after the laboratory receives the sample (first day of receipt is considered on a business day prior to 10 am). Additionally, all non-negative rabies results are reported promptly by telephone and subsequently faxed to the physician and/or veterinarian, all submitters involved and to authorized public health officials. The laboratory does not report laboratory results directly to the public.

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