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State health officials warn about rabid bats

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A bat in northwest Wisconsin was recently diagnosed as being rabid – and that has state health officials warning folks about possible exposure to rabies.

State veterinarian Jim Kazmierczak says it’s not common to find a rabid bat this time of year. But a few have been spotted in previous Januaries.

29 rabid bats were confirmed in Wisconsin last year. Officials say the bats can transmit rabies if they have physical contact with someone.

Most bats are considered to be inactive during the winter – but some find shelters indoors, where they can touch people and pets.

A week-and-a-half ago, a Marquette University men’s basketball game was interrupted when a bat swooped down to the floor in Milwaukee – and players had to duck to get out of the way. The bat hid after that, but was found and released a couple days later. 

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