A bat found in Gainesville last week has tested positive for rabies, according to officials with Hall County Animal Control.
The bat had contact with a dog in the 3700 block of Woodland Road and was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur for testing. Hall County Animal Control was received confirmation on Friday that the bat tested positive for rabies.
This is the fourth confirmed case of rabies for Hall County in 2019.
Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the rabid bat was located. Anyone in the area who sees an animal acting abnormally in the area should contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or Hall County Dispatch after hours at 770-536-8812.
Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Rd, Gainesville.