Bat found outside downtown building tests positive for rabies

Mexican free-tailed bat. (Photo by J. Scott Altenbach, University of New Mexico via Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A bat found on the outside wall of a building in downtown Waco testified positive for rabies, animal control officials said Friday.

The bat was impounded after it was found Tuesday in the 600 block of Austin Avenue.

“As a precaution the bat was tested for rabies and tests came back positive for rabies,” the city said in a press release Friday.

Officers found no evidence the bat had contact with any people or animals in the area, the city said.

The incident was reported to the Waco-McLennan County Health District.

“This appears to be an isolated case and citizens are reminded to be cautious to not come in contact with bats or other strange animals at any time,” the city said.