Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) is warning the public about rabies among wild mammals in Fresno County, after a rabid bat was discovered in Downtown Fresno.
According to FCDPH, the dead bat was found near the corner of Van Ness and Merced Avenue on July 26.
After testing, the lab confirmed that the bat was infected with rabies.
Rabies is a universally fatal illness that can be transmitted to humans by a bite or scratch from an infected mammal.
FCDPH is reminding people not to touch wild animals, and ensure that all cat and dog pets are current in their vaccination against rabies.