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Third Rabid Bat Found in Medina County

(Photo Credit: MGN Online)

(Photo Credit: MGN Online)

LITCHFIELD, Ohio — A bat found in a Litchfield home on Thursday tested positive for rabies — the third rabid bat discovered in Medina County this year.

The Medina County Health Department said the bat was sent to a laboratory in Columbus, where it was determined to have rabies.

Health officials say in the past, a rabies case only occurred every one to three years. Rabies is found to be common in Ohio’s bat population, with four to five percent of all bats testing positive for the disease, a news release said.

If you find a bat in your home, the Medina County Health Department advises you to capture the bat, then call your health department. Do not release the animal.

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