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Rabid bat found in Cary home

Posted August 9, 2012
Updated August 10, 2012

— Cary has confirmed its second case of rabies this year after a dead bat tested positive for the virus.

Officials said John Rigsbee, who lives in the 300 block of Tweed Circle, reported finding the bat dead in his home Tuesday. Rigsbee said Thursday he put the bat in a jar after discovering it in his home. 

"My wife looks down and sees a dead bat laying in the floor next to the bed," he said. 

The animal was taken for testing at the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh, which notified the town Wednesday of the positive test result.

Rigsbee said he and his wife have to get two weeks of shots to protect against possible infection.

Daniel Glover, a wildlife damage control agent in Raleigh, said August is a prime time for people to notice bats inside their homes because it's maternity season.

"Once the babies are actually able to take flight, they will start flying around and get confused and find entry holes where there is a light fixture or whatever," he said.

In March, Cary reported its first case of rabies after three dogs were exposed to a rabid raccoon. The owner chose to have the dogs euthanized since they were not current on their vaccinations. Daniel Glover, bat Expert not surprised that bat ended up in Cary home

Residents are reminded to use caution when dealing with animals that are behaving unusually or with pets that may have come into contact with rabid animals. 

Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from bodily fluids, especially saliva. Officials also urge residents to have their pets vaccinated against the disease.

Anyone who may have come into contact with a rabid animal or finds a wild animal indoors should call local animal control authorities immediately.

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  • corgimom06 Aug 10, 2012

    North Carolina law (N.C. general statute 130A-185 ) requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have their pets currently vaccinated against rabies, beginning at four months of age.

    There are also low cost clinics where rabies shots are $5.00. If you are going to take the resonsibilty of owning a pet then you need to be sure you understand what that entails and get them the required vaccinations especially rabies as it can be very common in the wild.

  • Stringbean Aug 9, 2012

    5000 dollars for my wife to get shots. A cat bite in Home depot.

  • luvbailey Aug 9, 2012

    The guy in the story is a close personal friend of mine. He and his wife started treatments at WakeMed Cary Hospital last night. He said the shots are not even as bad as a tetnus shot - he hardly felt them at all. They get 3 more shots spread out over the next 2 weeks. Their dog was up to date on it's rabies vaccines (which IS required by law), but just to make sure my friend took the dog to the vet for a rabies booster even before they learned the bat was positive for rabies. And he wants everyone to know that if you find a bat inside your home - alive or dead - contact your local animal control officer and let them remove the bat so that it can be tested for rabies. Bats can bite you while you sleep and you may not feel it. If the wound is in an inconspicous place (like your scalp) you might not know that you've been bitten! So it is VERY important to get the animal control officers involved !! That's what they are there for according to my friend.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 9, 2012

    Thanks, but I laugh plenty and I don't feel harmed. Bashing Cary has got to be the move overdone, childish and boring pasttime ever....and I will comment on it if I so desire.

    Proud Republican .. so sue me

    I'm with you on that.

  • Paul Parker Aug 9, 2012

    "Anyone who may have come into contact with a rabid animal... should call local animal control authorities immediately."

    That would be great if they would do anything about it, but apparently here in Johnston Co. the will only do anything if it is a domestic animal.

  • monami Aug 9, 2012

    If I woke up and found a bat in my bedroom, I wouldn't need rabies treatment because I would die of a heart attack on the spot. So creepy! Hope they don't need to go through that treatment.

    I always thought it was required by law that dogs be vaccinated for rabies. I'm surprised it's not.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Aug 9, 2012

    "got to be the MOST overdone" I meant........drrrrrr

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Aug 9, 2012

    "Chill - it was a pithy, humorous comment on a public forum. No harm done. Relax and laugh sometimes."

    Thanks, but I laugh plenty and I don't feel harmed. Bashing Cary has got to be the move overdone, childish and boring pasttime ever....and I will comment on it if I so desire.

  • rebecca7 Aug 9, 2012

    ""They did not specify whether he is undergoing treatment.- No, it is Cary, they are just painting him beige and he will be just fine." computer trainer

    Bwahahahahahahah! You have NO idea how I needed that laugh!!!! Well played, CT. Well played!!!!"

    So an irresponsible pet owner doesn't spend a few bucks to vaccinate their pet and has the poor thing euthanized .. rabies exposure has happened twice in a few months and all you 2 get out of it is a chance to make fun of Cary. Get some priorities and get a life, why don't you?

    Chill - it was a pithy, humorous comment on a public forum. No harm done. Relax and laugh sometimes.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Aug 9, 2012

    ""They did not specify whether he is undergoing treatment.- No, it is Cary, they are just painting him beige and he will be just fine." computer trainer

    Bwahahahahahahah! You have NO idea how I needed that laugh!!!! Well played, CT. Well played!!!!"

    So an irresponsible pet owner doesn't spend a few bucks to vaccinate their pet and has the poor thing euthanized .. rabies exposure has happened twice in a few months and all you 2 get out of it is a chance to make fun of Cary. Get some priorities and get a life, why don't you?

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