September 30, 2013
Bat Found in City of Fairfax
Tests Positive for Rabies
On September 27 a City of Fairfax Police Department animal control officer responded to the 3800 block of Farr Oak Circle where a citizen had reported that several juveniles had been seen near a sick or injured bat and possibly could have handled it. The citizen was uncertain whether the juveniles had picked up the bat. The officer transported the animal to a veterinary hospital, where it was euthanized. Subsequent testing by the Fairfax County Health Department determined that the bat had the rabies virus. Consequently, it is essential that the juveniles be identified to determine if post exposure measures are required.
Anyone who has additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Holden at (703) 385-7919 or dispatch at (703) 385-7924.
To prevent the spread of rabies, citizens are reminded to vaccinate all pet dogs and cats and keep them under control at all times. Both adults and, especially children, are cautioned against approaching stray dogs or cats or any wildlife, especially foxes and raccoons, and to never handle or touch the animals. Signs in wildlife that might indicate rabies include snarling, growling, hissing, the animal biting itself or the animal approaching people.
Contact: Sergeant Kyle Penman, Public Information Office
(703) 273-2889 or PIO@Fairfaxva.gov