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Bat rabies alert in West Boca Raton

Bat rabies alert in Boca Raton. (CDC)

There is a rabies alert in a neighborhood in West Boca Raton after a bat tested positive for the disease.

The Florida Department of Health says there have been no reports of any exposures.

Experts recovered the bat in the area of Diego Drive in the Mission Bay area of Boca Raton earlier this week. It showed signs of neurological symptoms.

Tests by the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories in Miami confirmed the presence of rabies.

The Health Department says it's the fifth confirmed rabid animal this year in Palm Beach County.

Anyone who may have had recent contact with the bat or another stray or wild animal along Diego Drive is being asked to call 561-671-4184.

Take the following precautions to prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
  • Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.

Call the Health Department at 561-840-4500 if you have questions.

Report animals showing signs of sickness or aggressive behavior to Animal Control at 561-233-1200.

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