AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Bats have been reportedly spotted on Auburn's campus, close to the Haley Center and Jordan-Hare Stadium, according to a Campus Safety Advisory emailed to students and staff.
While the bats do not pose a serious health concern, they are common carriers of rabies. The university provided information from experts for staying safe near bats.
- The best prevention strategy is to avoid all contact with bats; they should never be handled in any way by untrained or unvaccinated persons. Bats will avoid human contact and are harmless unless physically disturbed.
- While rabies is extremely rare, it is a serious disease that can be contracted from even minor contact with bats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See a doctor immediately if you have had any recent direct contact with a bat.
- If you see any wildlife (bats, raccoons, etc.) in an area on campus frequented by people or inside a campus building, contact Facilities Work Management at 334-844-HELP (4357).