The Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center are reporting that a bat has tested positive for rabies.
According to the group, the test results were confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The bat was discovered by a Longview Resident inside their home. The bat was picked up on Thursday, May 16. It was then shipped to the DSHS’s lab in Austin for testing.
The homeowner was notified by the City of Longview Animal Services Department and appropriate procedures are being implemented to make sure all people and animals at the home are safe.
The group reports that there was no contact with any people at the location and both dogs were currently vaccinated. The dogs will be given booster shots and observed for the next 45 days as required under Texas law.
Animal Services is reminding residents to refrain from touching or handling any wild animals, especially those that appear sick or injured.
According to the group, East Texas, bats, skunks, and raccoons are the most common carriers of the rabies virus but caution should be used with any wild animal.
They also remind pet owners to make sure to have all your pets vaccinated against rabies (as required by law), in case they come in contact with wildlife, even if they are primarily indoor animals.