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Rabid Bat Found at the Fairgrounds

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Health officials are reminding folks to stay safe after another rabid bat was found in the Helena area, this time at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

Mike Henderson of the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department says a rabid bat was found dead at the fairgrounds Tuesday.  Though the bat had rabies, health officials determined it did not pose any threat to people in the area.  Henderson says there are several precautions people can take.

"Don't approach wild animals.  Don't approach animals that are acting strangely.  Don't let your kids do that either.  And vaccinate your pets."

Rabies can only be transmitted if a person is bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.  Henderson says if anyone comes in contact with a rabid animal, call the health department right away.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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