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Bat tests positive for rabies in Copperas Cove

Posted at 5:07 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:07:46-04

COPPERAS COVE, TX — A dead bat has tested positive for rabies in Copperas Cove.

On March 13, Copperas Cove Animal Control was dispatched to the 200 block of Cove Terrace for a dead bat on the ground, according to the Coryell Emergency Management Volunteers.

The bat was collected and sent for rabies testing at the Texas Department of Health Laboratory in Austin. On March 16, Copperas Cove Animal Control was notified the bat was infected with rabies.

Any citizen who believes they, or their pet, or has knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a bat, or other wild animal in this area should immediately contact Copperas Cove Animal Control at (254) 547-5584 (after hours contact the Copperas Cove Police Department at (254) 547-8222). Also contact your physician and/or veterinarian in the case of a possible animal exposure.

Signs of rabies infection in a human may include, but are not limited to, fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis or hyperactivity, and/or coma.

Signs of rabies infection in pets may include fever, chewing at site of infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.

Citizens are warned not to approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals, and to keep their pets from having contact with wild animals. Steps should be taken to safeguard their outside areas by covering garbage cans, not leaving pet food outside, etc.