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Several Nebraska Bats Test Positive for Rabies
USAgNet - 09/10/2019

Late summer is prime time for bat activity in Nebraska and Nebraskans should take care to avoid rabies exposure as the season wanes, according to state health officials.

"Bats are responsible for carrying much of the rabies virus in Nebraska," said Dr. Bryan Buss, State Public Health Veterinarian for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. "We're well into the peak time of the year for bat activity. People should be cautious around bats and other wild animals, like skunks, which are another common rabies carrier."

Fifteen animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year, 12 of them bats.

In addition to bats and skunks, other wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and raccoons can have rabies and transmit it to people. Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal or if saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into an open wound or a person's eyes, nose or mouth. Rabies is generally fatal without preventive treatment.

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