The deadly viruses bats carry and vaccines to treat them

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Westchester County health officials are warning residents about the possibility of rabid bats.

Health commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler says that if county residents see a bat in their home, they should catch it and bring it in for testing.

Amler says that most bats that are tested are not rabid, so humans who may have touched the animals don't need to be treated for rabies.

But without the bat to test, anyone who has come in contact with a bat will probably need rabies shots.

During the first week in August, 43 bats were brought to the health department for testing. None of the bats tested positive for rabies.

But 17 people who were exposed to a bat and did not catch it had to begin preventive treatment.


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