Rabid Bat At SHSU

By: Michelle Peltier
By: Michelle Peltier

An unwelcome intruder at Sam Houston State University in September, turned out to be infected with rabies. A bat flew into the Bearkat Village Apartments on September 28.

University Police were notified. The student who spotted the bat at the apartment complex was not injured.

Michael Clarke,Huntsville Health Department, sent word to the university Wednesday that the bat tested positive for rabies.

Monte Thies, professor of biology at Sam Houston State, who has studied bats in the Huntsville area says, "If you see a bat and it's obviously not healthy, especially in the daylight, call the Health Department."

Thies estimates one or two bats in every six or seven million have the rabies virus.


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