Environment, Health, Washington County

Rabid bat found in Washington County

A map showing rabid animals in Oregon for the year through August.

Multnomah County confirmed Wednesday that a rabid bat had been found in northeast Portland Sept. 11, and they’re not the only county grappling with a rabid chiropteran. In fact, they’re not even the first.

“Washington County also had a rabid bat,” disclosed Washington County Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Wendy Gordon in an email to local media organizations Wednesday afternoon. 

Washington County’s bat is the 11th rabid bat tracked—and mapped—so far in 2021 in the state, and Multnomah County’s is the 12th, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Washington County’s rabid bat, found in a Beaverton home by a resident on September 10, was euthanized. No humans were exposed to the creature, but pets . . .

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