Health officials have confirmed that a bat found in downtown Minneapolis has tested positive for rabies.
The disease, which is nearly always fatal in humans once symptoms present, was being carried in a bat that was found near the corner of Marquette Avenue and 6th Street on Tuesday.
The Minnesota Department of Health says it wants to talk to anyone who may have touched the bat.
“A group of work colleagues saw the bat around 1 p.m. on Sept. 10,” the Minnesota Department of Health said.
“They captured it while it was still alive and brought it to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that afternoon. The bat tested positive for rabies on Sept. 12.”
The MDH advises that people avoid bats because of their proclivity to carry the rabies virus, but in the event you come into contact with one, you should try to capture it so it can be tested.
Otherwise you should get a rabies prevention shot as soon as possible.
“Bats are of particular concern [as a carrier of rabies] because their teeth are so tiny that a bite may not be felt or even leave a noticeable mark,” the health department said.
The discovery in downtown comes after two rabid bats were found in the Lowry Hill and Harrison neighborhoods this past June.