Rabid bat found near library on Tucson's east side - Tucson News Now

Rabid bat found near library on Tucson's east side

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A rabid bat was found near a library on the east side of Tucson and authorities are looking for anyone who may have come in contact with the animal.

The Pima County Health Department said the bat was discovered Tuesday, June 27, near of the entrance to Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.

"At this time, there are no known human or animal contact with the bat nor is it known how long the bat was in the area," the PCHD said in a news release.

If anyone had contact with the bat, please call the PCHD at 520-724-7797.

"In southern Arizona, bats and skunks are the wild animals in which rabies virus is most often found," the PCHD said. "While these animals are an important part of our desert surroundings and very interesting animals – they, along with other wildlife, can carry disease or may injure people or pets when they are sick or feel threatened. It is extremely important to talk with children about avoiding animals, even if they find them near home or at school.

To help reduce the risk of rabies exposure, the PCHD said people should:

• Do not approach wild animals. Wild animals with rabies may seem unafraid of people. It's not normal for a wild animal to be friendly with people, so stay away from any animal that seems unafraid.

• Talk to your children about avoiding unknown or wild animals. Children should tell an adult right away and the adult should call Pima Animal Care Center at 520-724-5900.

• Protect your pets. If your cat or dog is not current on their rabies vaccinations, be sure to vaccinate them as soon as possible.

• If you see a bat or any other wildlife acting oddly or on the ground, do not touch it. Stay away and immediately call the PACC at 520-724-5900.

• If you have contact with an unknown animal, especially a wild animal, call the Health Department help line at 520-724-7797.

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