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Rabies Alert: Man Bitten in Kyle by Rabid Bat

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Bat Season is upon us and Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in all of North America. Although these nocturnal creatures contribute greatly to our ecosystem, there are precautions to be aware of. Never handle a bat, alive or dead, with your bare hands. Bats can transmit rabies, so not touching it with your bare hands is essential to avoid infection. A rabid bat was confirmed earlier this year in Georgetown by the Texas Department of State Health Services in April. Additionally, KXAN and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office reported a Mexican free-tailed bat tested positive for rabies in Kyle, Texas last week after a man was bitten.

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Deputies say the incident occurred on Pin Oak Drive, at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. It is recommended to avoid picking up any bats lying on the ground. If you do come across a dead bat, call your local Animal Control Unit so they can dispose of the bat after testing it. This is not the first rabies alert in the Hays County Area. There was a case in Buda involving a live bat on Main Street in May 2017. If you live in Hays County and have recently come into contact with a bat, call the Hays Country Health Department at (512) 393-5525.