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THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) – School officials in The Colony discovered a live bat inside a tree trunk near Peter’s Colony Elementary on Friday. Faculty immediately closed the area and contacted The Colony Animal Services.

Animal Services captured the bat, euthanized it, and sent it for testing to the Department of Health in Austin. The results indicate a positive test for rabies. There are no known reports of human exposure to the bat, but if you believe you were exposed, please contact the Denton County Public Health Department immediately at 940.349.2900.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system. A person may contract rabies through a bite, scratch, or saliva from an infected animal.

A potential rabies exposure should never be taken lightly. If untreated, rabies is fatal.

Wild animals such as bats, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and foxes are high-risk animals for the transmission of rabies. Many of these animals are more active at night. Seeing these animals during the daytime may be a sign of rabies.

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