Bat found in Tyler tests positive for rabies

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From the town of Tyler

TYLER, Texas (Press Release) – On Monday, September 27, Tyler Animal Services tested a bat for rabies at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The DSHS reported Thursday, September 30, that the submissive bat had tested positive for rabies.

The bat was found near the 4100 block of Fillbrook Lane. Known individuals and animals likely to be exposed have been identified and treated.

It is essential that people do not handle bats, skunks, raccoons or other wildlife. It is important that children inform their parents of any contact with wild or sick animals. If a person is bitten by an animal, the bite incident should be reported to the local rabies control authority, Tyler Animal Services Director, for a proper investigation.

Tyler Animal Services advises all pet owners to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated against rabies. Preventive vaccination against rabies is the only effective defense against the fatal disease.

City of Tyler Orindance and Smith County Ordinance require regular rabies vaccines for all dogs and cats. It is a Class C offense if someone does not have their pet (s) vaccinated before they are four months old.

Tyler Animal Services hosts an annual rabies clinic in April. For updates follow our The Facebook page.

Anyone with questions about rabies control can contact Tyler Animal Services at (903) 535-0045.


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