Bats Increasingly Found in Homes

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- Public health officials in and around Bloomington say residents should have their dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies because of the increased number of bats found in homes.

Bob Keller of the McLean County Health Department says since mid-August, the county health department has had 85 reports of residents encountering bats indoors. Of those 85, 60 bats were caught and tested and three had rabies.

According to health department spokesman Bree Davis, throughout 2007, 84 bats were tested for rabies and two bats tested positive.

The upward trend isn't unique to McLean County. Statewide through August 30th, 82 bats tested positive for rabies.

Keller says a cooler-than-usual August may have pushed some bats indoors.

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