Rabid bat found on school campus

February 25, 2008 4:39:55 PM PST
A bat that was found next to a League City school has tested positive for rabies.On February 21, a bat was found on the League City Intermediate School campus. The bat was discovered on the ground, in the yard on the north side of the building, by students who contacted a teacher.

The bat was given to the school security officer who contacted Animal Control. The bat was removed by an Animal Control Officer and sent to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services - Bureau of Laboratory Services.

On Monday, February 25, Animal Control was notified that the bat had tested positive for rabies. Details were verified by the Animal Control Department of League City and forwarded to the Texas Department of State Health Services - Zoonosis Control Program. At this time, there has been no known contact between the bat and humans or other animals.

The City of League City advises all citizens to avoid physical contact with bats on or around your property. Parents should instruct their children about these precautions and advise their children to inform an adult if they observe a bat on or around their property.

Although this is the first positive bat rabies case for 2008 in League City, the public should be aware that it is common to see bats in the area. If a citizen should see a bat on or around their property, do not attempt to capture it. Contact the League City Police Department non-emergency dispatch number at 281-332-2566. An Animal Control Officer will be sent to handle the situation appropriately.

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