POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 5:22pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 1:56pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A bat found in Central has tested positive for Rabies. Officials urge pet owners to make sure all animals are vacinated against this fatal disease and wearing tags.
The bat was observed on the ground by a citizen on Thursday, Oct. 6. It was found disoriented in a yard during the day and was picked up by a resident. The resident was fortunately wearing gloves. The resident then called the ACRC who advised them to call the OPH. OPH sent a sanitarian out and testing was conducted. The test results came back positive for Rabies.
Hilton Cole said that pet owners must ensure that all their dogs, cats and ferrets are vaccinated initially at three (3) months of age and then either annually or triennially thereafter. Only a licensed Veterinarian may vaccinate a dog against rabies. Owners are required to place the rabies vaccination tags on their pet’s neck.
Cole also recommends that people should avoid wildlife, not pick up injured wild animals, obey the parish animal control ordinances, and visit their Veterinarian for all vaccinations annually. Strays or animals acting strangely should also be reported.