Rabies Found In ABQ Bat

May 18, 2013

New Mexico health officials are urging parents to tell children not to handle wild animals.

The warning comes after a bat found in northeast Albuquerque tested positive for rabies. A number of children were reportedly near the bat and took photographs of it on the evening of May 11, but it's not clear if any of them touched or handled it.

Letters were sent to the parents of children who attend two nearby schools and flyers have been posted in the neighborhood, but the state Health Department says no known exposures have been reported.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the state wants to make sure no children were inadvertently exposed to rabies.

Rabies is a fatal disease if it is not treated before symptoms develop.

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