Two bats test positive for rabies

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POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 2:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 9:23am

Two bats discovered in the downtown area tested positive for rabies.

The bats discovered this month at the downtown area were sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing and the lab confirmed the two bats tested positive for rabies.

The attachments reflect recommended steps to take when encountering any bat and Animal Control should be called to handle these types of incident.

You may call Animal Control at 956-681-2124 Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and during weekends and after hours contact McAllen Police Department at its non-emergency number 956-681-2000.

Whether it’s on the ground or flying around, If it’s a bat, don’t touch that!

  • It is tempting to pick up a bat because they look so unusual.
  • Don’t do it! Leave bats alone.
  • Bats are helpful in nature. However, they also can spread rabies.
  • Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. You can get rabies if an animal that has rabies bites you. Bat teeth are so small you might not even know you were bitten!
  • You can also get rabies if the saliva from an animal with rabies gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth. This can happen if you get the saliva on your
  • fingers and then touch your face. Another way you can get rabies is by touching an animal with rabies and getting its saliva in open cuts on your skin.
  • Tell an adult, such as a teacher, nurse, parent, school guard, or police officer, right away if you have touched a bat or a bat has touched you. There is medicine that can keep you from getting rabies. For the medicine to work well, it must be given soon after contact with a bat.
  • Remember, if you find any bat, even if it is dead, do not touch it. Tell an adult right away about the bat and where you found it.
     

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