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Bat with rabies found in Sarpy County | health



A bat in Sarpy County tested positive for rabies on Friday, health officials say.

The bat is the first animal from 2019, which according to Sarpy / Cass Health has been confirmed in either Sarpy or Cass County with the virus department.

Officials said residents should be aware that bats are active at this time of the year, increasing the chance of exposure.

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Rabies affects the nervous system in humans and other mammals. A person can contract through a bite, scratch or saliva of an infected animal. Health officials also warned residents against taking potential exposures seriously. While rabies in humans can be prevented by immediate medical attention, it is usually fatal.

To protect yourself, your family, and your pets from rabies:

  • If bitten or scratched by an unknown animal or bat, wash the area with soap and water and seek medical attention.
  • Call your local animal welfare authority to report a bat in your living space. It is important not to touch, hit or destroy the animal. Do not try to remove it from home. It may be possible to test the bat and avoid the need for rabies treatment.
  • Keep immunizations for pets and other animals up to date.
  • Seek medical attention if you suspect that you or your pets have been exposed to rabies.

For more information on rabies can be found at cdc.gov/rabies.[1

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A female western lowland gorilla sucks the thumb of Lindsay Jaquier, as she prepares to feed her and aquarium on friday.

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Pushing people to get a better view while Lindsay Jaquier feeds a female baby on Friday at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium of Omaha.

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Lindsay Jaquier feeds a female Western Lowland Gorilla with a bottle in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday.

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Kgosi, the cousin of a new female western baby The lowland gorilla observes all the excitement of his cousin, who feeds through a window on Friday at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium of Omaha.

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Lindsay Jaquier holds on Friday a sleepy female western lowland gorilla in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A female baby gorilla from the western lowlands sucks on the thumb of Lindsay Jaquier as she prepares to feed her on Friday at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Lindsay Jaquier feeds a female western lowland gorilla on Friday at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Lindsay Jaquier will hold a female Western Lowland Gorilla on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. She wears a hairy vest feeding the newborn, hoping to teach her how to cling to her mother and hopefully take care of her in the future. The gorilla was born on May 5th.

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Lindsay Jaquier will hold a female western lowland gorilla on Friday at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Lindsay Jaquier holds a small female gorilla in the western lowlands, including her mother Bambio, in hand Learn what's going on Friday at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium of Omaha.