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Rabid Bats Found in St. Louis County, Officials Warn Residents

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two rabid bats have been found in St. Louis County, prompting health officials to remind residents of the danger in handling wildlife.

Last year, five rabid bats were recovered in St. Louis County.

St. Louis Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says that every year they find a few bats in the area, but they are using this as an opportunity to spread awareness about what residents should do if they come in contact.

“We would advise residents if they find a bat in their home to try and contain the bat in a single room, so that animal control officers can come out and collect the bat,” LeFebvre says. “Especially if it’s come in contact with someone in the home, or if someone was sleeping in the room when the bat was present.”

LaFebvre says animal control officers will then take the animal in for rabies testing. He adds that residents should be aware of and cautious around all wildlife and to avoid direct contact with any animal that is behaving strangely.

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