Neighborhoods Warned Of Rabid Bats

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has issued a health warning after a bat found near Woodland Park tested positive for rabies.

The signs were posted up and down the neighborhoods between Main Street and Central Avenue.

The Health Department says the rabid bat was found along Central Avenue after someone's dog killed it.

The dog was given a rabies booster and quarantined for 45 days.

The bat was submitted to the University of Kentucky’s diagnostic lab where it was discovered the bat had rabies.

"It's kind of scary, I guess we will have to be more careful, especially at night," said Traci Kremer.

Kremer like many who live or frequent the area around Woodland Park were surprised by the warning.

"It's not something you think about everyday, that's for sure," said Al Graff, a resident.

At this time there are no reports of any human or animal contact, but the Health Department is cautioning people to take extra steps to protect yourself as well as any pets you may have.

It was just two summers ago, when the Health Department issued a similar warning, when multiple rabid bats were found in three different Lexington neighborhoods. Then, one person was bitten by a rabid bat, but he was treated and released from a local hospital.

If you have any questions regarding the warning posted you can call the Health Department at (859) 231-9791.


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  • by Natalie Location: Frankfort on Jul 16, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Not really sure a vampire bat photo was quite necessary. You'd have to go to Mexico to actually see one in the wild. But, it wouldn't be a big story if weren't embellished just a little now would it?
  • by Nate Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    So, what are we to do if we capture or find a bat in our house? I know that I have caught two bats in my house in the last two weeks. I just simply let them loose outside!
  • by Jason Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    This story is being blown out of proportion. The chance of a person being bitten by a rabit bat is very remote. And bats that are rabit die within a few days of contracting the disease. Also, the picture show in this article is of a vampire bat. They do not inhabit this area. WKYT needs to get more facts about this and stop the scare tactics.
  • by Rachel Location: Elizabethtown on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:23 PM
    Roaches, snakes and now, bats. Oh, my.

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