KENNEWICK, Wash. - A bat tested positive for rabies in Pasco last weekend and that has some health experts warning about pet vaccinations.
Under Washington law, pets are required to get a rabies vaccine. If a dog or cat comes in contact with a bat you should get the bat tested and talk with a veterinarian right away.
If the animal is vaccinated, it is put in quarantine for 45 days and then revaccinated for rabies.
"Was the cat exposed, was the cat vaccinated - and unfortunately many times, the cat never ever had a vaccine series for rabies. That puts the cat at risk for coming down with rabies and then potentially exposing the family," said Heather Hill of Benton Franklin Public Health.
It's recommended to euthanize pets if it is believed they have come into contact with rabies and they are not vaccinated. That is the only way to ensure the pet doesn't spread the disease which is almost always deadly.