Health department issues alert after rabid bat found in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department issued an alert Thursday because of a bat. Tests confirm the bat had rabies. It was found in a home in the Henry Clay Boulevard/Carolyn Drive area. The health department posted signs in the area to notify residents of the discovery.

LFCHD says it doesn't appear there was any contact between neighborhood animals and the bat. The agency is asking people to keep an eye on their pets, just in case. Early symptoms of rabies include a change in behavior, chewing at the bite site, fever and loss of appetite. The best way to protect your pet is to make sure they're up to date on their rabies shot.

Signs of bats with rabies include bats that are active during the day or unable to fly. Bats have very sharp teeth and their bites might not leave noticeable marks. If you find a dead bat in your home and can't rule out the possibility of human exposure, contact the Division of Environmental Health and Protection at (859) 231-9791.

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