FREMONT — A bat found dead Sunday in the driveway of a home in the Northgate neighborhood tested positive for rabies, police said.
Police said in a release it was the first time since 2015 a rabid bat had been found in the city and to their knowledge there was no contact between the bat found Sunday and another animal or human.
The bat was found at a home in the area of Chaucer Drive and Atteridge Court.
Alameda County Vector Control took possession of the bat and later said it tested positive for the rabies virus.
In the release, police said Vector Control is the primary investigating agency and it had conducted door-to-door notifications in the immediate area where the bat was found.
Police said rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and nervous system. It can be prevented if an exposed person or animal receives a series of rabies vaccine shots as soon as possible after the exposure.
Even though police said they have not found any person or animal that came in contact with this bat, police are urging anyone who may have touched or may have been bitten by the bat to call the Alameda County Public Health Acute Communicable Disease unit at 510-267-3250 and should also see a health care provider. Anyone whose pet may have touched the bat should call Fremont Animal Services at 510-790-6630 as well as call their veterinarian.
Dead rabid bat found in Fremont