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Police: Bat found in Fairfax had rabies

12:29 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A bat that may have been handled by juveniles in Fairfax on Friday later tested positive for rabies, according to Fairfax police.

An animal control officer responded to the 3800 block of Farr Oak Circle on Friday. A citizen told the officer that several juveniles had been seen near a sick or injured bat and possibly could have handled it, say police. The person wasn't sure whether the children had picked up the bat.

Police say the officer took the bat to a veterinary hospital, where it was euthanized. The Fairfax County Health Department determined through testing that the bat had the rabies virus.

Police say they need to identify and find the juveniles to determine if post exposure measures are required. They are asking anyone who has additional information regarding this incident to call Animal Control Officer Holden at (703) 385-7919 or dispatch at (703) 385-7924.

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