How can the risk of bat rabies be reduced?

Avoiding bats is essential to reducing the risk of rabies in humans. Bats should not be picked up or otherwise handled. Remember, bats are very beneficial by nightly eating their weight in insects. They prey on several species of pest insects including mosquitoes and moths. lf a bat is found indoors you should contact the Center for Disease Control for more information. Never touch a bat, alive or dead. Use thick gloves or tongs to handle a bat.  If the bat is dead, refrigerate it (DO NOT freeze) and then contact your local health department immediately for instructions.

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