March 16, 2014
Virginia Big Ear Bat (Courtesy: Craig Stihler, WV Division of Natural Resources)
Two recent rabies cases have been confirmed in Tazewell County, including a bat that entered a residence and bit a person.
The Tazewell County Health Department says the bat and a skunk were tested Sept. 19 and both were infected with rabies.
There have been a total seven cases confirmed in the county this year.
Brian Stanley with the Cumberland Plateau Health District says the bat incident occurred at residence in the Middle Creek Area.
Stanley tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the bat entered the home and landed on the occupant's arm.
Stanley says the skunk was found near the Sweetbrier Lane area of the Burke's Garden community.
A resident's dogs apparently killed the skunk. There was no human exposure. The dogs are under observation.