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Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2019

Texas: Lubbock reports 3rd rabies case this year

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The City of Lubbock reported Monday of a bat that tested positive for rabies. This is the third reported rabies case and second bat in Lubbock this year.

brown bat

Myotis lucifugus, or Little Brown Bat/CDC

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. In the US, those animals include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Cases in domestic dogs and cats are fewer in number due to vaccination programs, but can still occur.

An animal with rabies can infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.

The City of Lubbock reminds people that domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies as required by law.

In people, the illness can be prevented with treatment before symptoms begin. However, once a person has symptoms, the disease is almost always fatal. Anyone who comes in contact with a potentially rabid animal should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Lubbock residents are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • If you pet is bitten by wild animal report the bite to Lubbock Animal Services at 806-775-2057 or 806-775-3357 so the animal may be placed in rabies observation or submitted for rabies testing.


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