COPPERAS COVE, TX — A deceased bat present in Copperas Cove examined optimistic for rabies.

On April 2, 2021, a Copperas Cove Animal Management Officer was dispatched to the realm of Crenshaw Circle, Copperas Cove for a deceased bat.

The bat was collected and despatched for rabies testing on the Texas Division of Well being Laboratory, Austin Texas.

On April 6, 2021, Copperas Cove Animal Management acquired notification from the Texas Division of Well being that the bat was contaminated with rabies.

Any citizen who believes they, or their pet, or has data of an individual or animal having any contact with a bat, or different wild animal on this space ought to instantly contact Copperas Cove Animal Management at (254) 547-5584 (after hours contact the Copperas Cove Police Division at (254) 547-8222).

Copperas Cove Animal Management additionally stated to contact your doctor and/or veterinarian within the case of a potential animal publicity.

Rabies an infection is most typical in bats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.

In response to animal management, indicators of rabies an infection in a human might embrace, however are usually not restricted to fever, complications, fatigue, respiration difficulties, potential paralysis or hyperactivity, and/or coma.

Indicators of rabies an infection in pets might embrace fever, chewing at web site of an infection or chunk, erratic conduct, strolling aimlessly, common restlessness, pores and skin irritability, sensitivity to gentle, aggression in animals not usually aggressive, and customarily unnatural conduct for that animal.

Residents are warned to not strategy, contact or have any contact with wild animals, and to maintain their pets from having contact with wild animals.

“Steps ought to be taken to safeguard their exterior areas by overlaying rubbish cans, not leaving pet meals exterior, and so forth,” animal management stated.

Anybody observing a wild animal appearing unusually ought to contact animal management instantly.

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