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Bats Collected Test Positive For Rabies At The Grand Canyon

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Bats recently examined at the Grand Canyon National Park have tested positive for rabies. The bats were collected along the Colorado River last month. The Canyon Bats were deceased at the time and didn’t come into contact with any visitors or staff. Officials say there are 22 species of bats in the park and typically less than one-percent has rabies. Health officials say if you are bitten or have had contact with an animal suspected to have rabies, to seek immediate medical attention. Prior to symptoms appearing, rabies is a preventable viral disease, that’s most often transmitted from a bite, scratch or lick of a rabid animal. Most rabies cases reports to the health services district each year occur in wild animals like foxes and skunks. So remember to avoid all wildlife, especially those acting unusual, like having aggressive behavior, no fear of humans, or acting sickly. Also, keep all pets current on vaccinations and obey leash laws. For more information, log onto www.azhealth.gov/rabies.