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Bat Captured in Big Spring Tests Positive For Rabies

Big Spring Police Department Press Release

On 09/05/14 the Big Spring Animal Control Division captured a bat in the northeast portion of Big Spring. The bat was sent for testing and the tests confirmed that the bat was infected with rabies. Other bats have been captured and sent for testing and the bats were confirmed negative for rabies. Bats play an important role by eliminating insects and although myths exist that suggest bats are aggressive towards humans, this is merely a myth. If you observe a bat flying around during the evening hours this is probably a sign that the bat is hunting for insects and is a healthy bat. Sick bats are most commonly found during the daytime hours in open areas and may not be able to fly. If you encounter a bat that is close enough to be touched, do not touch the bat. Under these circumstances, contact the Animal Control Division or the Police Department immediately. At this time only one bat has been found to be carrying the disease and this appears to be an isolated incident. No human exposure has resulted and we will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action as necessary.

Animal Control- 8A-5P- Mon- Fri.—432-264-2563

Police Department- All Hours—432-264-2550

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