From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
TRUSSVILLE – A bat infected with rabies was found outside the Trussville Animal Hospital Thursday.
WVTM reports that veterinarian assistant Jessica Fox found the bat. The clinic put it inside a freezer before having it tested.
The last time someone tested positive for rabies in Alabama was in 1994, and the person died from the disease. Dr. David Pigott, a professor of emergency medicine at UAB said rabies is nearly 100 percent fatal.
No other animals in the Trussville area have been reported to have rabies at this time, but it’s recommended to stay away from animals that are common carriers of rabies, like raccoons and coyotes. It’s also important to monitor your pets closely when they’re outside if common carriers of rabies are common in your area.