Health officials on alert for rabies after dead bat found in downtown Buda


Health officials are putting the public on alert for rabies after a dead bat was found in downtown Buda.

The decomposed body of the bat was discovered on the ground Wednesday in the 100 block of Houston Street at 1:13 p.m. near the roadway.

The bat was tested by the Department of State Health Services, but because the bat was decomposed, health officials said they could not determine if it had rabies.

However, in these types of situations the state treats this as a positive rabies case, said Buda spokesman David Marino.

If you or if you know of someone else who has had physical contact with the bat, officials want you to call Buda animal control at 512-312-1001, the Hays County Health Department at 512-393-5525, or the Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control at 254-778-6744.


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