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Harris County health authorities cautiously warn Pasadena residents who were recently near a shopping center in northern Pasadena after a live bat had seen rabies in the area that was tested positive , At 9:30 pm on August 24, customers reported that the bat had been seen outside near the Ross store on Southmore Avenue and Pasadena Boulevard.
According to Martha Marquez, spokeswoman for HCPHC, City of The health authorities in Pasadena responded and were able to catch the bat, which was later tested positive for rabies.
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Bats, along with skunks , are considered high-risk animals in the area, said Marquez, and see ga bat in daylight is a red flag.
By nature nocturnal, a rabid bat may become disoriented and unpredictable.
"Bats become just as ill as us and when they get sick and confused, they begin to act their normal behavior," Marquez said. "That's an indication that something is wrong."
Since bats carry the virus in the saliva and mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth), any skin contact can be dangerous.
What does physical contact mean?
"What happens is that bats have very small teeth, but they are very sharp and can be like needles," explains Marquez. "If you wipe it, you might think it does not scratch you, but maybe it did."
Therefore, HCPH asks anyone who believes that there is a chance, even a small chance, that they have contact with rabid bats or animals to contact the authorities.
While bats are generally not predatory to humans, a rabid bat will behave naturally and be unpredictable, so the threat is always there, Marquez said.
the public the importance of vaccinating pets because of their susceptibility to rabid animals, and pets can also transmit people with rabies.
"That's why it's important for us as pet owners to make sure our animals are up to date on vaccines," Marquez said.
Rabies, left untreated, can be deadly to pets and humans, Marquez said.
"Rabies is a very serious disease, and there is a possibility (of death), and that's what we're trying to prevent for anyone who has come in contact," she's help
Turn around like that As soon as possible, contact HCPH Veterinary Public Health at 281-999-3191 if you have any contact with this bat or a rabid animal