Rabid Bat Found in Midland

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- The bat was found on Wednesday morning outside of the Claydesta building in Midland. It was immediately sent to Austin for testing. When the test results came back positive on Friday officials issued the warning.

"It happened at an office building where there are a lot of people, we don't know how long the bat had being there and we don't know if anybody came into contact with it," Paul O'Neill, Director of Animal Services for the City of Midland, said.

So far no one has called the city concerned they may have come in contact with the bat. O'Neill says the number of days it takes for the disease to attack our system varies.

"It really depends on the location of the bite, I have heard of someone being bitten before where it took four months, others a couple of weeks, it really depends on the location of the bite," O'Neill said.

He says it's normal to find rabid animals in our area so it's not rare for cases like this one to come up. But it's always better to take extra precautions.

"If they saw the bat, it's not a big deal, if they might of come inc contact with it, maybe it landed on them of they thought it might of landed on them or they picked it up and moved it out of the way they just need to call their doctor and ask their to see what they should do," O'Neill said.

O'Neill says rabbis is a very dangerous disease. If you don't get treated right away you may even die. If you have visited the Claydesta building in the past week and you are concerned you may have come in contact with the bat. Officials say please see your doctor.