Updated: 08/12/2014 2:52 PM |
Created: 08/12/2014 2:48 PM
By: Blair Miller
A 3-year-old girl is receiving rabies vaccinations after she came in contact with a rabies-infected bat in San Miguel County.
The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division confirmed the virus in the animal. Rabies attacks the central nervous system and spinal cord of infected humans.
The Dept. of Health says this is the first rabid animal report in San Miguel County this year, and the first time a bat has tested positive for the virus since 2012.
The DoH says people should avoid touching any unfamiliar animal that is on the ground at the risk of contracting the virus.