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Person Bitten By Potentially Rabid Bat In Montgomery Co.

Person Bitten By Potentially Rabid Bat In Montgomery Co.

CREATED Jul 17, 2014

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – A person in Montgomery County has received preventative rabies treatment after being bitten by a bat that tested positive for rabies.

Officials with the Public Information Department said the person, whose name was not released, was bitten Tuesday inside a residence. 

The bat was later caught and taken to a local veterinarian, where it was humanely euthanized. The animal’s remains have been submitted to the state public health laboratory and tested positive for rabies.

The victim has been undergoing preventative rabies treatment.

Officials said although the incident was an isolated case, they wanted to strongly encourage the public to report any possible exposures to the Health Department.

‘We want people to know bats can carry the rabies virus. People should avoid contact with bats and consult with their health care provider and the health department when any question of bat exposure arises,” said Joey Smith, Director of the Health Department.

For more information on rabies in the State of Tennessee, visit www.tn.gov.