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Seventh rabid bat found in Medina County
The county health department says increased trapping of bats has caused a slight increase in reports this year
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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A bat found in Brunswick has tested positive for rabies, the seventh case this year in Medina County. The Medina County Health Department says bats are common in Ohio, and about 5 percent of them are rabid.

Spokeswoman Lynee Bixler says the recent slight increase in cases is due to the department’s push to raise awareness of how to handle bats.
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“More and more people are calling us and turning in bats for testing. Thus the increase in numbers. At this point, we’re not overly alarmed about it. We’re keeping people aware of what to do when they find a bat. And not to go out hunting for them.”

Smith says anyone finding a bat in their home should wear protective gloves, try to keep it trapped in a room – if possible – and call the health department.

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