FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
July 24, 2019 (Tarrant County, TX) - On July 15 a bat was found
in the water at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St. The
bat later tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have come in
physical contact with this bat is asked to call City of Fort Worth
Animal Control at 817-392-1234.
Tarrant County Public Health reminds residents that rabies exposure occurs only when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal, or when abrasions, open wounds, or mucous membranes are contaminated with saliva, brain, or nervous system tissue of a potentially rabid animal. Touching such an animal, or contact with its urine or feces does not constitute an exposure.
Here is some additional information about what to do if you encounter a bat:
If someone is bitten by a bat, call animal control immediately to report the incident, and administer first aid to the victim.
If your pet catches or kills a bat, confine the bat and call your city's animal control for further instructions. Confine the pet, preventing contact with person or animals outside the family until test results are received.
If bats are roosting in an attic or similar area, a one-way exit can be constructed which allows them to leave in search of food, but will prevent their re-entry. Many pest control professionals can help you with this problem, and Bat Conservation International can provide you with information on how to evict bats yourself. Do not use one-way exits during June and July or flightless young may be trapped inside.
For more information, contact your city's animal control agency.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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