2 bats test positive for rabies in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS - Two bats collected on the north side of downtown Georgetown have tested positive for rabies the city reported Thursday. But, animal control doesn’t believe any people have been exposed to rabies from the bats.

The bats were found on September 7 and September 9 and were given to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing and the positive results were received this week.

Animal control officers in Georgetown said that all bats that have rabies may not appear sick and that all sick bats may not have rabies.

“If you find a bat, especially if it is inside your home, in an area that a child has access to, in a room with a sleeping person, of if your pet potentially had contact with a bat, please call us,” said Georgetown Police animal control officer Kelly Thyssen.

The city also said making sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination is a key way to protect your pets. The Georgetown Animal Shelter said it was hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic on September 24 and you can make an appointment by calling 512-930-3592.

To report a bat or other animal that you believe may have rabies, call the 24-hour number for the Georgetown Police Department at (512) 930-3510. 


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