The following information is from Communicable Disease and Epidemiology News published Public Health of Seattle and King County.
- Bats are the primary reservoir for rabies in Washington State.
- In the period 2003-2007, between 5.5 to 10% of bats tested each year in Washington were positive for rabies.
- Rabies in humans is almost always fatal.
- In Washington State, the most recent human deaths that occurred from exposue to bat rabies strains occurred in 1995 in a Lewis County resident and 1997 in a Mason County resident.