Wichita warning Riverside residents about rabid bat

September 17, 2019 - 5:53 am

The City of Wichita is warning residents following the discovery of a rabid bat in Riverside.  A notice to residents from the WPD's Animal Services division says recently a bat that was located in the 1100 block of North Perry tested positive for rabies.  

Rabies is a virus spread via saliva from an infected animal, typically from a bite, but infection through an open cut is also possible. Humans can be infected. Common carriers include: bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats and dogs. 

Infected animals may show a loss of coordination, paralysis or difficulty moving. Infected wild animals might act tame or friendly, and any infected animal could show excessive aggressiveness.  The notice says anyone encountering an animal with those symptoms needs to report the incident to Animal Services.

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