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An exodus of bats leaves Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. (DR. NICK HRISTOV/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
An exodus of bats leaves Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. (DR. NICK HRISTOV/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bat that bit Lethbridge resident who broke up fight with cat tests positive for rabies Add to ...

Health officials say a bat that bit a person in southern Alberta has tested positive for rabies.

Medical health officer Dr. Vivien Suttorp says the person was bitten while trying to break up a fight between the bat and a cat in Lethbridge.

Suttorp says the person was given an anti-rabies vaccine.

She says it’s the first positive rabies test in bats in the Lethbridge area in many, many years.

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The doctor is advising people to immunize their pets and to stay away from wild animals.

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans.

“Stay away from wild animals. Don’t handle wild animals or dead animals,” Suttorp said Thursday.

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