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Bat confirmed positive for rabies

May 31, 2012

ELLERY - The Chautauqua County Department of Health has received notification of this year's first confirmed positive rabies case in the Town of Ellery. The case involved a bat which landed on and was brushed off of an individual's head. Although there was no evidence of a bite, rabies prevention shots are ordered when it is confirmed or suspected that a human has had bare skin contact with the saliva of a rabid animal. Rabies almost always leads to death without prompt treatment.



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