Community members are being warned about a deadly disease.
A bat that has rabies was found in the City of Manassas on Saturday.
It was spotted between West Street and Battle Street on Center Street around 3 p.m., according to a release from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
Anyone who came across a bat in that location are encouraged to call the Prince William Health District (PWHD) at 703-792-6300.
Rabies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, impacts the central nervous system. It can be fatal if it isn’t treated.
Pet owners can help prevent the spread of the disease by having their cats and dogs vaccinated for rabies, starting at 4 months old.
Citizens are asked not to feed stray animals or take care of those that are injured, sick or dead.
If they see stray animals, they should contact the Prince William County Animal Control Division at 703-792-6500.
Individuals who are bitten by an animal must wash the injury with soap and water, and contact the animal control division, their doctor or the PWHD.
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