Second rabid bat found dead in Lee's Summit - KCTV5

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Second rabid bat found dead in Lee's Summit

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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

A second rabid bat has been confirmed in Lee's Summit, police say.

Animal control officers recovered a dead bat from a home in the 1200 block of Southwest Walnut Street on Sunday.

As part of the standard procedure, the bat was sent for testing and later tested positive for rabies.

The second bat turned up in a man's home and he spoke about the frightening discovery. When Ayman Wakas moved into his home a year ago, he said he never expected to find a bat in his laundry room.

"The initial mode was panic," he said.

He said his brother-in-law covered it with a blanket so as not to touch it and then threw it onto the driveway.

Rodney Wagner with the Lee's Summit Animal Control says people and animals should have no contact with animals that may have rabies.

"Any mammal can get the rabies virus, so that's why you should never handle any wild animals, dead or alive," Wagner said.

Lee's Summit police said the home is about four miles from where the first rabid bat was found on June 1.

No human or pet contact has been reported to have occurred with the bat, police sad.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to the flu and may last for days. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fear of water (hydrophobia) because of the difficulty in swallowing
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Partial paralysis

Rabies can even result in death.

"Rabies is almost 100 percent fatal," Wagner said.

Despite the symptoms and high possibility of death, people KCTV5 spoke to say they don't mind the risk.

"I would try to catch it with my gloves," said Jessica Jenkins.

It's a thought that never crossed Wakas' mind, especially since he said it's the third time he's found a bat in his home.

"We've had a critter company come out here. They can't figure out where it's coming from," Wakas said.

That has Wakas nervous, especially with a wife and a 6-month-old to protect.

"It was definitely a scary experience," he said.

According to Lee's Summit Animal Control, bats are the biggest carrier of rabies in Missouri.

Residents are reminded to avoid direct contact with any dead animals or animals that appear to be sick. Pet owners should also have their pets vaccinated against rabies on an annual basis.

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