Bat tests positive for rabies in Raleigh

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A bat found in a Raleigh home earlier this week has tested positive for rabies.

Earlier this week, a Raleigh Police Department animal control officer responded to a call in the 2000 block of Bason Court.

The officer found a bat inside a residence and was able to capture it. Subsequent testing showed the bat had rabies.

The creature did not appear to have had any contact with humans or domestic animals.

Any concerns about unusual behavior or other issues concerning animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately at (919) 831-6311.

Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:

  • Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.

  • Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.

  • Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.

  • Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.

  • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.

  • If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.

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