Bat from Shawnee County tests positive for rabies


This undated photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows small brown bats in a cave. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A bat found in northeastern Kansas has tested positive for rabies.

Topeka television station KSNT reports that the bat was found in Shawnee County. The Shawnee County Health Department is urging residents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of rabies and the steps to take if exposed.

Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease that is typically transmitted by raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.

Health officials those who suspect they’ve been exposed to the disease should seek immediate medical treatment. Once a person begins to exhibit signs of disease, survival is rare. Symptoms include general weakness or discomfort, fever or headache and progress to confusion, agitation and delirium.

Information from: KSNT-TV.

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