Rabid Bat Found in Longview

The Texas Department of Health confirmed that a bat found near a private residence in Longview last Monday has tested positive for rabies. The city staff shipped the bat to a lab in Austin for testing on Tuesday, August 19.

The animal was found in the city's west central area.

Any person with concern about or having knowledge of contact with this particular case should contact the city's animal control at 903 236-9843.

This is the city's first positive case since August of 2002 when one bat was found to be positive.