FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2006
Two cases of animal rabies verified
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department is asking residents to be aware of the possibility of increased rabies activity in the area following the discovery of two rabid bats in the last six weeks.
The first bat was found in a residence in the area of Southeast High School on May 18. These household members underwent a series of rabies shots.
The second bat was discovered in the Troost Lake area on June 27 when a resident came home. The bat was removed, sent for testing, and found to be positive for rabies.
Any bat that is active by day; is found in a place where bats are not usually seen (i.e., in rooms in homes or on the lawn); or is unable to fly, is far more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often the most easily approached. Therefore, it is best never to handle a bat.
The Health Department cautions residents against picking up bats or other animals that appear to be acting abnormally or appear to be ill.
Kansas City residents are encouraged to report animals that may be infected, by calling the Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-9800.
Residents should also make sure their pets are properly vaccinated against rabies and warn children of the danger that rabies may present. The Animal Health and Public Safety Division will offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for pets July 8 from 9-11 a.m. at the City’s animal shelter at 4400 Raytown Road at a drive-thru clinic. For more information about the clinic, call Spay and Neuter Kansas City, (816) 353-0940, or the Animal Health and Public Safety Division, (816) 513-9800.