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Bat tests positive for rabies in local community

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A local county in Mid-Michigan has issued a warning about possible rabid bats.

The Tuscola County Department of Health tested a bat, and its results came back positive for rabies.

"It's concerning, but probably your odds of getting bit by a bat with rabies are like winning the lottery, I'd imagine. I haven't heard of any before, but yeah, it's concerning," said Kingston resident Charles Goodman.

While experts said that might be accurate, you could win the bat lottery and never know it.

"When there's bats in the house, and you don't know how long they've been there, we treat it as if it's bit somebody because their teeth are so sharp, you wouldn't even know," explained Bradley Ellsworth, who owns Natural Connection Humane Wildlife Services in North Branch.

He often works on homes infested with bats.

"Anything that's quarter inch by half inch, they'll fit right into it, and they'll take over," said Ellsworth.

He said when there's confirmation of a local bat infected by rabies, it's important to look in places like an attic where they typically hang out.

"They can hide anywhere," said Ellsworth.

Ellsworth said because of the dangers rabid bats can present, it is always best to call an expert. He also said if you do plan on taking care of a bat in your home yourself, make sure you're safe. Do not smash the bat's head because if it is infected, the rabies would be in the head. Then take the bat to the local county health department to have it tested.

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