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October 23, 2014

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Children find rabid bat in North Las Vegas

At least two rabid bats have been found in the Las Vegas Valley this year, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Health officials say a group of children found a bat on the ground during the day about a month ago in North Las Vegas.

The children’s mother called a veterinarian, who tested the bat’s brain and found rabies had taken it over.

“We’ve had two confirmed cases where bats have tested positive for rabies,” Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said.

The Health District is warning the public to stay away from bats.

People typically get rabies after suffering a bite from a rabid bat, contracting the disease after the bat’s infected saliva enters the bloodstream.

Sizemore said anyone who sees a bat during the daytime should call animal control.

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