Dallas Bats Test Positive For Rabies

Two bats have tested positive for the rabies virus in Dallas, city officials announced today.

According to a news release, residents reported the bats to Dallas Animal Services on Sept. 1 near the Dallas Arboretum and Oak Cliff.

DAS field officers collected the bats and sent them to the Department of State Health and Health Services for rabies testing. DSHS confirmed both animals tested positive for the virus on Sept. 6.

The news follows two previous cases of bats testing positive for rabies in late August.

City officials ask residents to report dead bat sightings to 311, and said that if residents encounter a live bat they should not try to engage the bat but should instead contact DAS at 214-670-8313.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist with a background in crime and government reporting and an obsession with all things culture and arts. She serves as the Managing Editor for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, curating content for the Living Well and Faith sections, as well as producing the Fall and Spring society sections and 20 Under 40. From luncheons to galas to exhibition openings to new Dallas restaurants, you can find her out and about on Instagram @Bianca_TBD or @peoplenewspapers. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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