ITHACA, N.Y. — Officials found a rabid bat in the city of Ithaca Thursday, officials said.

The bat was found on Utica Street and tested positive for the disease.

The Tompkins County Health Department issued the following news release:

On August 20, 2015, a bat found on Utica Street in the City of Ithaca was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory.

The bat was found on the ground and captured by a wildlife rehabilitator several houses south of East Lincoln Street across the street from the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

If you have had contact with this bat or any other bat, immediately call the Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6688.

The Tompkins County Environmental Health Department advises that people avoid contact with wild animals.

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Jolene Almendarez

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