BOISE -- Health officials say a bat discovered in the backyard of a West Boise home last month tested positive for rabies.
The family who found the infected animal did not have any contact with it, and won't need medical treatment, Central District Health spokeswoman Christine Myron said. Their pet cat, which was vaccinated against rabies, will be monitored by its owners and kept inside for the next 45 days.
Myron said rabid bats have been found throughout Ada County - from Bown Crossing to Meridian to the North End - and urged people to take precautions to limit their exposure to the animals.
Residents are asked to keep their pets up-to-date on vaccinations, take steps to keep bats out of their homes by installing screens and closing openings, and avoiding touching or picking up the animals.
On average, just over 10 percent of the bats tested in Idaho between 1999 and 2015 were positive for rabies, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Rabies has nearly a 100 percent fatality rate in humans and animals without early medical intervention.
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