9 bats test positive for rabies in Austin in the past week

Bats hibernating in a cave. (AP Photo)
Bats hibernating in a cave. (AP Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the past week, there have been nine cases where bats have tested positive for rabies, according to Austin’s Animal Services Office.

In several of the cases, the people came into contact with the bats near the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Nine bats have tested positive for rabies since Aug. 7, but no case in humans has been confirmed. While there was a 10th exposure case, the test was inconclusive because the bat was decomposed.

The Rabies Control Authority for Austin and Travis County would like to remind people to avoid contact with bats, especially a bat that is on the ground.

People should call 3-1-1 to notify Animal Control officers who will respond to collect the bat for testing.

If you have recently been exposed to a bat, or know someone who has, please call 3-1-1.

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