Augusta, GA (June 5, 2012) - It was reported to Augusta Animal Service and the Richmond County Health Department that some children had been playing with a dead bat. Animal Services was contacted and the specimen collected. The Richmond County Health Department Health Environmental Section sent the specimen off for testing.
The parents of the children have been notified, however, there was no indication that the dead bat may have exposed the children to any health hazards, such as rabies. Late Friday afternoon the lab results reported no rabies virus present in the bat.
Augusta, GA ( June 11, 2012) The Richmond County Health Department is urging people to watch their steps and pay close attention while enjoying summer activities outside this summer. During these warm months snakes are on the move and they will continue their travel through the fall as their mating season ends.
A warm winter and spring probably contributed to more snakes being seen this year, but there is no evidence that the Georgia snake population are increasing.