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Beaver County bat tests positive for rabies

Beaver County bat tests positive for rabies



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A bat discovered in a Beaver County home has tested positive for rabies.

Health officials do not know if the home's residents were bitten by the bat or infected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the recent human rabies cases on the U.S. have been caused by rabies virus from bats.

Health officials say anyone who sees a bat should not touch them, especially those that appear sick.

The state health department says that although bats are the animals most likely to have rabies in Utah, less than 1 percent are actually infected.

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Information from: The Spectrum

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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