Rabies flyer

A notice posted on a light pole in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue is notifying residents of a dead, decomposed bat that was found nearby. The bat tested positive for rabies, animal control officials said.

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A dead, decomposed bat found in downtown Waco was found to be infected with rabies, Waco Animal Control officers said Wednesday.

The bat was found at about 7 a.m. Friday in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, near Franklin Place apartments.

A representative with Waco Animal Control said the bat was badly decomposed and was sent off for testing, which verified it was infected with rabies.

It was unknown if any residents had been in contact with the bat.

Officials posted flyers in the area and at Franklin Place, asking residents who believe they may have come in contact with the dead animal to contact Waco Animal Control or the Texas Department of State Health Services.

All residents should avoid touching wild bats, alive or dead, said Kelly Craine, spokeswoman for the Waco-McLennan County Health District.

She said even a slight scratch from an infected animal can put residents at risk for rabies.

Craine said anyone who may have been exposed to a bat should seek medical attention immediately.

Authorities with the Texas Department of State Health Services can be reached at 778-6744, and Waco Animal Control can be reached at 750-1765.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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