PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – This bat is positive for rabies this week after it came in contact with a resident of Plano in the area of W. 15th Street and Custer Road, confirmed by Plano Animal Services on Wednesday.
“This positive test underscores the importance of being cautious about wildlife and always reporting contact with them,”
Rabies is a viral disease that occurs in warm-blooded animals and can be infected by humans through the bites of infected animals.
The Plano Animal Shelter does not routinely check rabies for wildlife unless they have had contact with a human or pet and are one of five high-risk non-domestic animals: bats, foxes, skunks, coyotes and raccoons.
This particular incident involved a resident who had contact with a bat.
The bat was sick and died before Animal Services could pick it up. Due to the nature of the situation, the animal was tested and subsequently found to be rabid.
Rabies is preventable. The shelter hosts a rabies vaccination clinic on the third Friday of each month.
In August, a bat tested for rabies in Frisco.