Third bat tests positive for rabies in Randall County

Third bat tests positive for rabies in Randall County

RANDALL COUNTY, TX - Area health officials are reminding residents that bats are common right now, which means the chance of exposure to rabies is increasing.

Randall County just had it's third bat test positive for rabies since August, and two of those were in Canyon.

Rabies is a disease that is fatal to people and animals if not properly treated.

A bat may be rabid if it's awake and moving around during the day, if it's on the ground, or if it's unable to fly.

With weather cooling down, it's more common for bats to start seeking warmth in or around attics, homes and other buildings.

Which means, if rabid, they could infect you or your pets.

The City of Amarillo Public Health Department says it's important that pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

If a pet is bitten by an animal with rabies, it can be quarantined for up to 90 days if its vaccinations are not current.

Animal control will decide the severity of the case, and a pet may be held in their kennels for the duration of the quarantine at the expense of the owner.

People can also be bitten or scratched in their sleep by a bat in their home and not know it because bat's mouths and claws are so small.

If you encounter a bat, the best precaution you can take is to leave it alone, don't touch it, and contact Animal Management and Welfare or Canyon Animal Control.

Both departments can be reached by dialing 9-1-1.