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Rabies transmission

Mike Sussman sussman at cvm.msu.edu
Wed Feb 28 09:08:10 EST 1996

Perhaps to be on the safe side you have consulted with a veterinarian, and 
investigated whether your pet bat was or wasn't a rabies carrier.  Actually 
rabies is quite a serious disease.  Even under the most perfect circumstances 
accidents (bites) can occur.  Bats have garnered a bad reputation in the past, 
and there are conservationist groups that are now trying to turn this around 
(try national geographic, 1995), but they have the potential to be rabies 
carriers.  You know in the northeast just the site of a noramlly nocturnal 
animal during the day is reason enough for an animal control specialist to 
dispose of that animal.  It is easy for a veterinary professional to determine 
if your pet has rabies,  you could have saved yourself a hassle and perhaps 
some grief for your pet bat.  

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