33 bats tested positive for rabies in Austin this season

This photo provided by Wesley Treat shows spectators watching from the Congress Ave. bridge. (AP Photo/Wesley Treat)
This photo provided by Wesley Treat shows spectators watching from the Congress Ave. bridge. (AP Photo/Wesley Treat)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While it seems like this summer has seen an increase in the number of rabid bats being found, the City of Austin’s Animal Services Department says the actual cases appear to be less than in previous years.

Since the beginning of bat season (May), the City has recorded 33 bats with rabies.

In these cases, four people made physical contact with the rabid bat. Twenty of the bats were found in public places but it appears no one had contact with those bats, according to the City. The other nine bats were found with no potential human contact.

Five people are getting treated for exposure.

Earlier this week, the City asked for help identifying a boy who was seen picking up a bat along the Congress Avenue Bridge that ended up testing positive for rabies.

In 2012, the City had 76 bats test positive for rabies and in 2013, the number was 88.

Bat season in Central Texas ends in September.

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