Second deceased bat recovered in Lee’s Summit tests positive for rabies

June 11, 2014 

For the second time in little over a week a deceased bat recovered in Lee’s Summit has tested positive for rabies.

According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department the latest incident was reported June 8 after animal control officers recovered a deceased bat from a home in the 1200 block of S.W. Walnut Street.

As part of standard procedure, the bat was sent for testing with results June 10 determining that the bat had tested positive for rabies. No human or pet contact has been reported to have occurred with the animal, police officials said.

The address in the latest incident is approximately four miles from the home where the first bat was recovered June 1 in the 800 block of N.E. Chestnut.

In that case testing revealed June 3 that the bat had tested positive for rabies. No human or pet contact was reported in that incident either.

Lee’s Summit Animal Control reminds residents to avoid direct contact with any deceased animals or animals that appear to be sick. Pet owners are also reminded to have their pets vaccinated against rabies on an annual basis. 

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