SUDBURY -- Health officials in the Sudbury area have confirmed that a bat has tested positive for rabies.

According to Public Health Sudbury & Districts, the bat was found in the Sauble-Spanish River area on Aug. 10.

“We strongly encourage anyone who is bitten or scratched by animals to consult a health care provider and to report the incident to Public Health as soon as possible,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health for the area.

As a result, one person did need to seek treatment, receiving rabies prophylaxis and vaccine series.

Officials are reminding the public that if left untreated, rabies in humans can be fatal. They recommend bat-proofing your residence in the fall, as that is when most hibernate.

Bat-proofing can include filling exterior holes, tightening screens and placing draft guards under doors.

For more information you can contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 ext. 464 or online.