PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A bat tested positive for rabies this week after it came in contact with a Plano resident in the area of W. 15th Street and Custer Road, Plano Animal Services confirmed on Wednesday.
“This positive test underscores the importance of being careful with wildlife and always reporting any contact with them,”
Rabies is a viral disease that occurs in warm-blooded animals and can be transmitted by humans through bites from infected animals.
Plano Animal Shelter routinely tests non-wild animals for rabies unless they have had contact with a person or a pet and is one of five high-risk non-domestic animals: bats, foxes, skunks, coyotes, and raccoons.
This particular incident involved a resident who had contact with a bat.
The bat was sick and died before Animal Services could retrieve it. Due to the nature of the situation, the animal was tested and subsequently found to be rabies.
Rabies can be prevented. The shelter hosts a cheap rabies vaccination clinic on the third Friday of each month.
In August, a bat tested positive for rabies in Frisco.