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Bat tests positive for rabies in Wellfleet

February 19, 2013

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Wellfleet’s animal control officer is urging residents to make sure their pet’s vaccinations are up to date after a bat recently tested positive for rabies.

Animal Control Officer Lorial Russell says if vaccinations have expired, pet owners are urged to make an appointment with a veterinarian immediately.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/VErYTl ) reports that up to date vaccinations are required under state law.

A 63-year-old Barnstable man died last year after being bitten by a rabid bat. Health officials say it was the first death from rabies contracted within the state since 1935.


Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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