Bat found on Burnet square tests positive for rabies

A bat found on the ground on the Burnet square has tested positive for the rabies virus, prompting city officials to issue a reminder about how citizens should react when they see or encounter such a situation.
First, citizens should not try to touch or pick up a bat, Burnet Police Capt. Jason Davis said.
“If you see a bat. just leave it alone,” Davis said. “If they’re there for an extended period of time, feel free to call us, and we’ll look and see if we think that we need to collect it.”
Burnet Police animal control officer Mike Martin responded to the northeast corner of the Burnet Square at about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 after the department received a call about a bat on the ground there.
Although no human contact was reported, Martin sent the bat off for rabies testing as a precautionary measure and the bat was tested for rabies a precautionary measure.
The results showed that the bat tested positive for the rabies virus.


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