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Bat with rabies found in Woodsboro school cafeteria

Another school plagued by a bat infestation

WOODSBORO, Texas - Update 3/15/19

Woodsboro ISD Superintendent Janice Sykora said a second live bat was found hanging from the ceiling of the school Wednesday.

An exterminator was called in to capture the bat, and found where the bats are getting in. He used mesh wire to create a cone-like trap at the opening to allow the bats to leave but keeps them from coming back inside.

Monday a dead bat was found on the school cafeteria floor that tested positive for rabies. 

Sykora said she wants to let parents know they are doing the best they can to deal with the situation, and it's a top priority to keep students safe and healthy. Anyone concerned about rabies exposure should contact a local hospital.

It's unclear how long it will take for all the bats to leave, but students go on spring break starting March 18. 

Woodsboro Elementary staff have relocated students from the main elementary building that is attached to the cafeteria. Woodsboro will be preparing students' lunches at the Refugio High School Cafetreria and transporting them to the students. 

Original 3/14/19

The principal of Woodsboro Elementary School in Woodsboro, Texas released a statement on their website on March 11, 2019 giving families an update about bats discovered on campus. 

"This morning after breakfast time a tiny bat was discovered dead on the cafeteria floor."

They had the bat taken and tested for rabies. Refugio County Animal Control released a statement confirming that the dead bat tested postive for rabies.

"A bat found in the Woodsboro Elementary School on 3/11/2019 tested positive for rabies."

While the investigation continues Woodsboro Elementary staff have relocated students from the main elementary building that is attached to the cafeteria. 

Woodsboro will be preparing students' lunches at the Refugio High School Cafetreria and transporting them to the students. 

The Refugio County Animal Control goes on to advise that if you came into contact with the bat, you are at risk of being exposed to rabies. If ever exposed to a rabid animal you should seek medical attention right away and contact animal control.

 


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