GARLAND, TX (CBSDFW.COM) “Garland’s Department of Health has received notification of a laboratory-confirmed case of bat rabies.”
The animal was captured near block 700 of Maple Glen Drive on Thursday, September 10.
“We believe a human exposure has arisen,”
All parties were notified by the Texas Department of Health and the Garland Animal Services
This is the third laboratory-confirmed case of animal rabies in Garland this year.
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The rabies virus is relatively rare in North America and is sometimes found in wild or domesticated animals, including but not limited to dogs, coyotes, skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats. Infection in humans can occur if the virus-laden saliva of a rabid animal is introduced through a bite, scratch, or mucous membrane (such as the nose).
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Without treatment, the infection is almost invariably fatal.
To reduce the risk of a rabies community, residents should regularly vaccinate their pets and report to Garland Animal Services any pet or wild animal showing unstable or abnormal behavior.
Residents can call 972-205-3570 with questions or report potential exposure to the rabid bat.