Savannah Eadens Louisville Courier Journal Published 6:15 PM EDT Sep 13, 2019 A wild bat found at the Louisville Zoo earlier this week tested positive for rabies, according to a release from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. The deceased bat, which was not a part of the Louisville Zoo’s animal collection, was found on the public walkway near the Louisville Zoo’s “Tiger Taiga” exhibit on September 9. No direct human contact is known to have occurred with the bat found at the Louisville Zoo. But it has prompted the Louisville Zoo and department of health to stress that bats should never be handled by untrained or unvaccinated people — or be kept as pets. The Center for Disease Control data suggest that transmission of rabies virus can occur from even minor, seemingly unimportant or unrecognized bat bites. Each year, between three and seven percent of all bats tested in Kentucky are positive for rabies, said Kelly Giesbrecht, a veterinarian with Kentucky Public Health. More: Here’s how you can help name Louisville Zoo’s new African Elephant bull calf Also: Louisville Zoo could be run by a private group in the future. Here’s what to know In 2019, eight bats tested positive at the center,… Read full this story
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