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Health department responds after reports of bats inside homes circulate around Cayuga County

In light of multiple Cayuga County residents reporting bats in their homes, the Cayuga County Heath Department is reminding people how they can protect themselves from rabies exposure.

Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can be received from a bite from a rabid animal or its saliva. Once the symptoms begin, it cannot be cured. The department said that most people in the United States killed by rabies contract it from bats. Bats will search for the cooler spots throughout the lower floors of a home since crawl spaces and attics get warmer during the summer, the news release said, adding that this “results in more accidental contact than any other time of the year.”

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