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Rabid bat found in Jackson County, health department issues warning

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 17:51:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Health Department is warning residents after testing confirmed a rabid bat was found in the county.

The department posted about the finding Wednesday afternoon on social media.

“Thankfully, no human exposures have been reported at this time,” a statement on the Jackson County Health Department’s Facebook page said.

Anyone suspected to have come in contact with a potentially rabid animal should immediately seek medical attention.

If the suspected rabid animal has been captured or killed, it should be turned over to animal control, a pest control service or a veterinarian’s office.

The department also warned residents to make sure pets have current rabies vaccinations and precautions are taken to avoid contact with wild animals.