For the third time in little over a month, a bat recovered in Lee’s Summit has tested positives for rabies. According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department animal control officers recovered a bat July 9 from a home in the 100 block of N.E. Misty Meadow Lane.
The resident of the home had been bitten by the bat on his foot while standing on his deck the day before. The bat was recovered the next day and as part of the standard procedure, the bat was sent for rabies testing.
The results came back July 15 that the bat had tested positive for rabies. The resident who had been bitten had already started the precautionary series of rabies shots, according to authorities.
The incident was the third bat recovered in Lee’s Summit this year that has tested positive for rabies. The previous incidents were June 1 in the 800 block of N.E. Chestnut Street and June 8 in the 1200 block of S.W. Walnut Street.
Animal control officers urged residents to avoid direct contact with any deceased animals or animals that appear to be sick. Pet owners are reminded to have their pets vaccinated against rabies on an annual basis.