Rabies bat

A bat was found in Rock Springs that tested positive for rabies.

ROCK SPRINGS — Rock Springs Animal Control was called to a home on M Street for a bat that was in a tree on Friday, July 24. Workers were able to safely remove the bat and send it to Wyoming State Veterinarian Laboratories in Laramie for rabies testing, according to a press release.

The test came back positive for rabies on Thursday, July 30.

The Rock Springs Police Department and Rock Springs Animal Control said if residents whenever they find a bat, they should call Sweetwater County dispatch immediately, and keep animals and family members at a safe distance until an officer is able to remove it.

With this in mind, they added it is a good idea to check your fur-friends' vaccination records to make sure they are up to date on their rabies vaccination, as well as their distemper-combo vaccination. These vaccinations will aid in creating anti-bodies to prevent from getting the disease in the case that they are exposed to a rabid animal, according to the release. A licensed veterinarian must give the rabies vaccination as it is regulated and mandatory by the state.

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