The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed a bat that was found by a Longview citizen outside a private residence in Northwest Longview has tested positive for rabies. The bat was picked up on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 and shipped to the DSHS’s lab in Austin for testing.
The resident that found the bat has been notified by the City of Longview Animal Services Department and appropriate procedures are being implemented to make sure all people and animals at the residence are safe. There was no contact with any people at the location and the only dog was currently vaccinated. The dog will be given a booster shot and observed for the next 45 days as required under Texas law.
Animal Services would like to remind citizens that they should always refrain from touching or handling any wild animals, especially those that appear sick or injured. In our area, bats, skunks, and raccoons are the most common carriers of the rabies virus but caution should be used with any wild animal. We should also have all of our pets currently vaccinated against rabies (as required by law), in case they come in contact with wildlife, even if they are primarily indoor animals.