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Bat in Lee’s Summit tests positive for rabies

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A bat recovered from a Lee’s Summit home on Sunday has tested positive for rabies, police said on Thursday.

Animal Control officers recovered the dead bat from the 800 block of NE Chestnut in Lee’s Summit. As part of a standard procedure, the bat was tested for rabies. Test results indicated the bat had the disease.

According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, no human or pet came in direct contact with the infected animal.

Also on Thursday, health officials near Albuquerque, New Mexico said two bats there also tested positive for rabies. In this instance, a bat had been found crawling on a woman’s bar foot before she kicked it away. She will be receiving vaccinations to prevent her from becoming infected with the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, rabies is a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. The disease is caused by a virus, but is 100 percent preventable. Despite this, around 60,000 people die every year.

Residents are reminded to avoid direct contact with any deceased animals or animals that appear to be sick. Pet owners are reminded to have their pets vaccinated against rabies on an annual basis.

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