POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:55pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services advised the Northeast Texas Public Health District that one bat submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies.
The bat was found near the 7100 Block of Cherryhill in Tyler. The known individuals and animals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.
This is the first laboratory confirmed case of rabies in the city limits of Tyler for 2013.
It is critical for people not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons, or other wild animals. It is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals. Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Smith County Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.
Smith County Rabies Control Authority advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies. City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require annual rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats. It is a Class C misdemeanor if you fail to vaccinate your dog or cat by four months of age. Preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.
Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at 903-535-0045.