Durham County officials were notifed Tuesday that a bat recently trapped by sheriff's deputies tested positive for rabies.
There were no confirmed cases of rabies in Durham County in 2012.
Officials said on Nov. 16, an officer with the Sheriff's Animal Services division was called to a home in the 4500 block of Ryan Street after a homeowner said she had discovered a bat in her house.
The officer captured the bat and sent it to the public health laboratory for rabies testing. No animals or people were known to have been in contact with the bat before it was captured, according to officials.
Residents are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (919) 560-0900 if they encounter a possibly infected animal.
The Sheriff's Animal Services Division, located at 3005 Glenn Rd., offers rabies vaccines every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. for a cost of $10. No appointment is necessary, but photo identification is required and payments must be made in cash. For more information please call (919) 560-0630.