OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A bat found in Sarpy County has tested positive for rabies, according to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.
The bat is the first animal this year to test positive for rabies in Sarpy or Cass County. Health officials are reminding residents that bats are active this time this year, increasing the possibility of being exposed to the disease.
Rabies affects the nervous system in humans and other animals. The virus can be contracted through bites, scratches, or saliva from an infected animal. Potential exposure to rabies should not be taken lightly, and it can be fatal without preventative treatment.
The Health Department provides the following recommendations to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from rabies:
- If a person is bitten or scratched by an unfamiliar animal or bat, wash the area with soap and water and seek medical attention.
- Call your local animal control agency to report a bat in your living space. It is important not to touch, hit, or destroy it, and do NOT try to remove it from your home. It could be possible to test the bat and avoid the need to receive treatment.
- Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, and other pets you own.
- Always seek medical assistance if you suspect a rabies exposure for either you or your pets.