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Fayetteville couple finds dead, possibly rabid, bat in bedroom

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A Fayetteville couple found a dead bat in their bedroom, and the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh said the bat may have had rabies.

The State Public Health Lab reported an “unsatisfactory result” of rabies. Such cases, for public safety and health reasons, are treated as positive tests.

Animal Control picked up the bat Thursday from a residence on Penrose Drive, in the Raeford Road area. The bat was sent for testing and the results were determined “unsatisfactory” due to decomposition. The couple has been advised to seek medical treatment, according to a news release. The couple’s dog is up to date on its rabies vaccination.

This is the 11th case of rabies in the county in 2014.

The state urged all pet owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated.

The first sign of rabies in animals is a change in behavior, the state said. Animals may become aggressive, attacking for no reason, or they may become very quiet. Wild animals can lose their fear of people and act tame. Rabid animals may walk in a circle, drag a leg, or fall over. Some cannot swallow so they are not able to eat or drink and often drool. Animals usually die within a week after first becoming ill.

Avoiding wild animals and keeping your distance from stray dogs and cats is the first step in preventing an animal bite. Any pet, which appears to have been in a fight while outside, should be handled very cautiously and seen by a veterinarian.

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