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Minnesota officials seek information on rabid bats left at medical center

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state health officials are trying to find out more information about two dead bats that tested positive for rabies that were dropped off at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center last week.

The Minnesota Department of Health said on Tuesday, Sept. 11, an unidentified woman left the bats at the center. The health department is trying to determine if the woman or anyone else had been exposed to the bats while they were alive, a news release said.

The health department is asking anyone with information on this case to call 651-201-5414 to determine if anyone is in need of rabies prevention shots.

The health department said this case is a reminder that bats in Minnesota can carry rabies and the public should take the risk seriously. Bat bites may not even leave a noticeable mark on humans and rabies can be a fatal illness.

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