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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Testing bats for rabies in King County

Bats that have had contact with humans in King County will be tested at no charge at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Laboratory in Shoreline. All submissions for rabies testing at the DOH Laboratory must be pre-approved by discussing the case with an investigator at the Communicable Disease Epidemiology section, 206-296-4774.

Bats with animal-only contact can be tested for a fee at the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (Phone: 541-737-3261). Owners of animals that have been in contact with bats are responsible for shipping the dead bats to the laboratory for rabies testing, or their veterinarian's can assist them.