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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 with the Communicable Disease Epidemiology section at 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 veterinarians can assist them. Please contact the office of the Public Health Veterinarian at 206-263-8454 to discuss the case.