Dead Bat Tests Positive for Rabies Virus

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 8:53am

The Brownsville City Health Department has reported that a Northern Yellow bat has tested positive for rabies. The bat is not local to our area, but is believed it was blown in when Tropical Storm Hermine passed through last week.

The bat was turned over to health officials after a cat roaming around East Cowan Terrace returned home with the dead bat. The owner of the cat called the health department which then sent the bat to the state health department to be tested. State officials then informed the local health department that the bat was infected with the rabies virus.

The Cameron County Health Department is stressing residents, living in the area, get their pets vaccinated for the rabies virus. Officials don't want residents to be worried, but they do want them to be aware. However, they believe the rabies case is an isolated one.

If this bat had made contact with any other animals or pets there is a possibility of the rabies virus to spread. Animal Control officers will be hitting the streets searching for animals which might be infected with the virus.

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