Rabid bat bites man in Kyle

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. Federal officials issued regulations Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016, designed to protect the northern long-eared bat, one of several types of bat that have suffered steep declines because of a rapidly spreading fungal disease. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it had updated interim rules that accompanied a decision last April to designate the northern long-eared bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Test results from a bat that bit a man in Kyle on Tuesday have come back positive for rabies, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The bite happened in the area of Pin Oak Drive at around 4 p.m., deputies say. The man did start rabies treatment after his contact with the bat.

Neighbors are being urged not to pick up any bats they find lying on the ground. If you do come across a dead bat, call the Animal Control Unit in your area so they can dispose of the bat after testing it.

Hays County has put out several rabies alerts in recent months, including a case in March involving a live bat determined to have rabies at 1100 North Main St. in Buda.

Anyone who has come in contact with a bat should call the Hays County Health Department at 512-393-5525.

Editor’s Note: The original version of the story indicated the man tested positive for rabies but it was the bat.

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