Bat tests positive for rabies at Friendswood High School - again

April 15, 2013 6:51:12 PM PDT
A bat picked up at Friendswood High School tested positive for rabies, and it's the second rabid bat found there within two weeks.

The most recent bat was found Wednesday at 1pm. Officials say it was already dead.

According to authorities, the bat was taken to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services laboratory by Friendswood Animal Control, and preliminary results on Friday showed a positive finding for rabies. There was no reported exposure to any students or faculty.

A bat picked up at Friendswood High on March 28 also tested positive for rabies. According to the Friendswood Police Department, the last reported Friendswood rabies case prior to these was in October 2010 -- also a bat.

Experts remind the public that bats are high risk carriers for spreading rabies, a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is spread when an animal that has rabies bites, or if the saliva from an animal with rabies gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth. This can happen if you get the saliva on fingers and then touch the face. Another way rabies is transmitted is by touching an animal with rabies and getting its saliva in open cuts on your skin.
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