Man exposed to rabid bat inside his Cary home

From staff reportsAugust 9, 2012 

— A Cary man was exposed to rabies from a dead bat found inside his home this week, according to the Town of Cary animal control.

It’s the second case of rabies reported in Cary this year.

The dead bat was found inside a home in the 300 block of Tweed Circle on Tuesday, according to animal control officials. The homeowner called police to report the dead bat. and police took the animal to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing. The positive test results were reported on Wednesday.

Although the homeowner did not appear to be injured, he is working with public health officials to take necessary precautions since he was exposed to the rabid bat, according to animal control officials.

Cary’s first rabies case was reported in March when three dogs were exposed to a rabid raccoon. The owner chose to have the dogs euthanized since they were not current on their vaccinations.

Animal control officials urge citizens to use caution when dealing with any animal that may be suspicious or may have come in contact with a suspicious animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva. As always, have your pets vaccinated against the disease.

Residents who suspect a rabid animal or have a wild animal in their home can contact Cary Animal Control at 919-319-4517.

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