LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A rabid bat has been found in a popular neighborhood on Lexington’s southeast side, health officials said Tuesday.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said it was found in the Andover Drive area and there was no indication of human exposure.
The department posted signs in the neighborhood on Tuesday to alert residents.
LFCD wants to remind residents to make sure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. There does not appear to be any contact between neighborhood animals and the bat, but officials ask that residents keep an eye on their pets.
Early symptoms of rabies include a change in behavior. chewing at the bite site, fever, and loss of appetite.
Bats that are active during the day or that are unable to fly might have rabies. To minimize risk for contracting rabies, never handle any bat. If you find a bat in your home and the possibility of human exposure cannot be ruled out, call the Division of Environmental Health and Protection at (859) 231-9791 for help having the animal collected and submitted for rabies testing.