Minneapolis animal control has found two rabid bats in highly populated areas of the city in the last five weeks.
According to Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC), the most recent was found near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Logan Avenue North, in the Near North neighborhood, on Wednesday. They also found a bat with rabies on May 23 near Emerson Avenue South and West 25th Street, in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood.
Rabies can be spread when an infected animal scratches or bites others, according to MACC. It can also be spread if the animal's saliva comes into contact with a person's eyes, mouth or nose.
Rabies is "almost always fatal" after symptoms set in, according to MACC. Those can include aggression, agitation, confusion, muscle spasms, seizures, weakness and paralysis.
The city of Minneapolis asked residents to take these precautions:
- If a bat is found inside a residence don't touch it or allow pets to touch it.
- Don't throw a bat away, even if it's dead. Call 311 for help from animal control.
- Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies - even indoor pets. Bat bites are often not detectable.
- Don't feed, approach, touch or adopt any wild animals.
More information is available on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website.
For questions on rabies exposure to pets call the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at 651-201-6808. If you have questions on rabies in people, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414.