A bat found inside a home in Raleigh has tested positive for rabies, police said Wednesday.
On May 18, a Raleigh Police Department animal control officer responded to a home on the 3700 block of Swann Street to investigate a bat inside. The bat had not had any known contact with animals or humans. It was secured and later tested positive for rabies.
If you see an animal behaving unusually, or have concerns about animals in Raleigh, call the animal control office at 919-831-6311.
To minimize rabies risks, Wake County health officials offer these tips:
▪ Do not approach animals you do not know.
▪ Ensure your pets have current rabies vaccinations. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
▪ Do not feed stray or unknown animals.
▪ Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
▪ If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
▪ If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might have rabies, contact a veterinarian immediately.