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Bat found in downtown Abilene tests positive for rabies

The are no known infections of people or domestic animals.
Credit: City of Abilene

ABILENE, Texas — The City of Abilene is advising residents that a bat found Sept. 2 in the 1100 block of North 2nd Street, between Cedar and Cypress streets, has tested positive for rabies.

According to a press release from the City, Abilene Animal Services received the notification of the positive result Sept. 4. The City also said there are no known infections of people or domestic animals

Information on the rabies virus was given in the release. Rabies is a deadly virus that can affect the central nervous system. It is spread through the saliva of infected animals, usually after being bitten by a rabid animal. 

The infection can only be treated by a health professional through a series of shots. Anyone potentially infected with rabies will need to seek immediate care, as the virus may not be treatable once symptoms are present.

Signs of rabies in animals include abnormal behavior, approaching humans or other animals, difficulty with movement and unusual sounds.

Abilene Animal Services gave the following tips concerning exposure to rabies:

  • Do not feed, handle, or touch wild animals such as bats, skunks, and raccoons.
  • Teach children to stay away from wild or deceased animals.
  • Do not allow pets to roam freely, as free-roaming increases their chance of exposure without your knowledge.
  • Keep your pet’s rabies vaccination current.
  • Immediately contact a veterinarian if your pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal.
  • Consult with a physician immediately after possible rabies exposure.
  • Report all animal bites to animal control authorities; the biting animal must be quarantined or tested for rabies.

Abilene Animal Services asks that any unusual animal activity and suspected rabid animals be reported immediately to 325-698-0085.