Bat found in Omaha neighborhood tests positive for rabies

Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 6:12 PM CDT
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Health officials in Omaha say a bat found in the Dundee neighborhood has tested positive for rabies.

The Douglas County Health Department and Nebraska Humane Society say the bat was found earlier this week.

Officials say it's approaching the time of year when bats begin to seek shelter in homes to keep warm at night.

Rabies is a viral disease transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal that affects people. It is almost always fatal if not treated before symptoms appear.

Symptoms in animals include general sickness, swallowing problems and excessive drooling, slow and unusual movement, no apparent fear of humans and aggression.