Allen Animal Services is notifying residents that a bat captured at Bolin Elementary has tested positive for rabies.
Teachers witnessed the bat fall to the ground on Tuesday, September 13 during kindergarten recess. Children were taken inside immediately while Allen ISD maintenance crews placed a container over the bat and called Allen Animal Services to properly remove the animal. No known contact with students occurred.
Anyone else who may have come into contact with the rabid bat should contact their primary care physician or go to their nearest hospital emergency room so a health care provider can determine whether they should receive treatment.
Rabies is a viral illness that can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva. The illness can be prevented with treatment before symptoms begin. However, once a person has symptoms, the disease is almost always fatal, if left untreated. Animal contact, such as bites or scratches or contact with saliva, may lead to exposure to rabies. Humans who have been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal must have a series of shots to prevent becoming infected with rabies. Infected animals can transmit the rabies virus prior to the onset of symptoms. Rabies is always fatal if left untreated.
Vaccination of all cats and dogs is required by state law and is the first line of defense against human infection. We urge every cat and dog owner to have all animals vaccinated and to keep vaccinations up to date. Please see your veterinarian for more information on rabies vaccination for your pets.
Individuals may contact Collin County Public Health Services at 972.548.4707 with questions or concerns.