If anyone has had direct contact with a bat (i.e. bite or scratch), or if a bat is found in a room with a sleeping person, the bat should be safely captured and not released. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water, and immediately seek professional medical advice. Contact local health officials for assistance in evaluating potential rabies risk and submitting the bat to Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for rabies testing. Testing is done at the DPH Office in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (617)-983-6800 or 617-983-6550), and submission is usually coordinated by the person’s municipality.