RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh authorities say a bat that turned out to be rabid was found in a home in the city earlier this week.
The bat was discovered by authorities when a Raleigh Police Department animal control officer responded to the 2000 block of Bason Court, which is adjacent to Millbrook High School.
The bat was not reported to have had any contact with animals or humans, police said. The bat was taken and later tested positive for rabies, according to police.
Police warned that unusual behavior in animals or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling 919-831-6311.
Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:
- Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
• Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
• Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
• Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
• If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
• If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.