March 15, 2014
Virginia Big Ear Bat (Courtesy: Craig Stihler, WV Division of Natural Resources)
A bat found dead in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Virginia's Lee County has tested positive for rabies.
The Virginia Department of Health says the rabid bat was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The bat was found in a cave last month by a National Park Service employee.
Health officials serving Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton are asking residents and visitors to leave live bats alone, avoid touching dead bats and make sure their pets are vaccinated against rabies.