On March 8th, 2018 a deceased bat was
located in the 500 block of La Porte’s Fairway Drive. Upon receiving the
information, La Porte Police Department’s Animal Control Division immediately
responded for further investigation. Tests
of the animal later confirmed positive results for rabies.
The following week, another bat was found deceased
in a garage within the same neighborhood.
The second bat, located along La Porte’s Eagle Lane, also tested
positive for rabies. While no known human exposure occurred during either of
the incidents, if community members observe a deceased bat, they are encouraged
to contact the Police Department immediately at 281-471-2141. An Animal Control Officer will be immediately
dispatched to capture and/or collect the bat, which will then be sent for
Residents are also reminded that no person can tell
if a bat has rabies just by looking at it; rabies can be confirmed only by
having the animal tested in a laboratory. So to ensure personal safety, all
persons are encouraged to avoid handling bats.
As a side note, the Center for Disease Control informs
that most bats do not have rabies. Even among sick or deceased bats submitted
for rabies testing, only about 6% test positive for rabies. Nevertheless, bats
account for 90% of human exposure to rabies
nationwide. Therefore, adults should
teach children to avoid handling bats, whether found
dead or alive.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a bat
- or if infectious material (such as saliva or blood) from a bat gets into your
eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound - wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and
water and seek medical attention immediately.
information on bats or other Animal Control issues, please call the La Porte
Animal Control Division at 281-842-3700.