Bats at Craighead Forest Park test positive for rabies

Bats at Craighead Forest Park test positive for rabies
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two bats found at Craighead Forest Park have tested positive for rabies.

According to the park's Facebook page, Jonesboro veterinarian Dr. Archie Ryan made the discovery while testing the bats.

"While the park continues to be safe for guests, visitors should be aware not to approach or pick up any bat that appears to be in distress or allow a pet to approach or pick up a bat," the Facebook post said.

No pets in Craighead County, according to the post, have been reported with rabies. However, two dogs in neighboring counties have been determined to have the virus. The post did not specify which counties.

The city of Jonesboro has staff members monitoring the situation. Dr. Ryan believes the two bats that were found with the virus were migratory.

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