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It’s now officially rabid bat season

A bat in Ada County has tested positive for rabies, prompting Idaho health officials to remind people throughout the state to take precautions around bats and make sure that their dogs, cats and horses are adequately vaccinated against rabies. It's the first one found this year; last year, there were 10. But here's the part that'll drive you batty: "People who wake up from sleeping and find a bat in their room may have had an exposure without realizing it; the teeth of a bat are very small and people are sometimes bitten in their sleep without feeling it," Idaho Health & Welfare reports. "The bat should be tested for rabies if there is any question that an exposure may have occurred." More here at Eye on Boise

Question: Ever had an encounter with a bat?

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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