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Rabid bat confirmed on Georgia campus, students warned


February 23, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Health officials say students at a Georgia university have been warned after a rabid bat was found on campus.

The Chatham County Health Department says the bat tested positive for rabies after it was taken to a veterinarian. It was found Feb. 18 on the campus of Savannah State University, on the rear porch of the school's College of Business Administration building.

The health department said in a news release it was interviewing students who had contact with the bat to determine whether they needed treatment.

Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that can be spread from infected animals to humans through bites, scratches and other contact. Health department officials said people should be aware of the risk of possible rabies exposure before getting close to wild animals such as bats, foxes and raccoons.


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