Second Rabies-positive Bat Test Came From New Mexico

On Friday morning, police were called to a park in northeast Albuquerque where the body of a lady had been discovered. As authorities worked to determine what happened, they closed down a large section of Stardust Skies Park between Montgomery and Pennsylvania.

The victim, according to eyewitnesses, was a woman who had been sleeping rough in the park for some time. She was gentle and quiet, so they said. KOB 4 was told by a concerned neighbor that many people pitched in to help provide for the woman.

“My last time I saw her was probably a couple days ago on a walk,” one neighbor said. “I told her, ‘I’m just so worried about you being out here all the time,’ and she said, ‘No, I can take care of myself, people are friendly.’”

The agency wishes to stress that no bat, alive or dead, should ever be handled. “Bat bites can be very small and are not always visible or painful,” the NMDOH warns. Talk to your doctor or call the NMDOH at (505) 827-006 if you come into contact with a bat. Anyone who comes into contact with a bat should get vaccinated against rabies, and livestock and pets should get yearly rabies boosters.

The tweet below verifies the news:

NMDOH Safety Recommendations

  • Always keep pets on a leash. Pets should be up to date on their legally required rabies vaccinations and wearing current license tags on their collar. If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, especially by a wild animal, call your pet’s veterinarian, even if the wound is superficial.
  • Horses and other livestock should also be considered for rabies vaccination to protect them from rabid animals that may attack them.
  • Stay away from wild or unfamiliar animals. Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch wild animals (alive or dead). Teach this important message to your children, and always keep a close eye on your kids.
  • If you or someone you know are bitten by an animal, or come into contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water. Be sure to report the bite to local animal control and seek medical care as soon as possible.
  • If you or your pets are bitten or otherwise exposed to the saliva of wild animals, seek medical care immediately and contact the New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 827-0006.

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