(KGFW)- The Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD) reports that a bat has tested positive for Rabies in the TRPHD district which includes Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps Counties. Rabies is a fatal disease, and the people involved in this case are receiving treatment. This time of year bats may seek shelter for the fall and winter, so examine your home for small entry holes and close them. Marsha Carlson, Surveillance Coordinator explains, "If you know you have had contact with a bat and, especially, whenever a person wakes up and finds a bat in the room, that bat should be carefully caught and tested for rabies. Bat bites can be easy to overlook, so if you find a bat in a room with young children, elderly individuals, any sleeping person, or anyone who is unable to communicate clearly, that bat should be tested." The Center for Disease Control has instructions on how to safely catch a bat for testing at this link: This is a link to www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/contact/capture
. Please contact Two Rivers Public Health Department at (308)995-4778 or (888)669-7154 to report contact with bats or visit their website at www.trphd.org.