Bat at Tucson complex tests positive for rabies

Posted at 1:33 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 16:33:10-04

Authorities in Tucson say a bat found at an apartment complex last week has tested positive for the rabies virus.

Officials from Pima Animal Care Center were contacted by the Pima County Sheriff's Department and found the live bat in a box outside the apartment complex.

The bat was removed last Wednesday, but it's unclear how long the bat was in the area before being removed.

County health department officials are asking anyone who came into contact with that bat to notify them.

They say people who live at or visited the Arches at Oracle Apartments but did not have contact with the bat are not at risk.

Humans and pets can get rabies from direct physical contact such as a bite or scratch from an infected animal.