FORT HOOD (July 29, 2014) Another rabid bat has been found at Fort Hood, marking the fifth case of rabies on post since May.
The Fort Hood Veterinary Center was advised Monday that the bat, which was found near the Department of Public Works motor pool building 4001, tested positive for the disease.
A bat found earlier this month in the same area also tested positive for the disease.
“If you find a bat in your home or building it is imperative to call a professional to retrieve it and have it tested for rabies,” said Dr. John Kuczek, the officer in charge of the veterinary center.
“Sometimes people will shoo the bat out of the house not thinking about getting it tested.” Kuczek said.
“Children, sleeping adults and intoxicated individuals may not know they have been bitten as bat bites are often not severe enough to see or feel,” he said.
The first rabies case on May 12 involved a skunk found in a motor pool building on Motor Pool Road.
On May 16 a rabid dark gray and white kitten attacked a resident outside a home on Central Drive on post.
The resident received post-exposure treatment.
On June 6, a young fox found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road tested positive for rabies.