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Rabid bat confirmed in City of Lockport home

The Niagara County Health Department announced Monday that a rabid bat was found in a house on Old Niagara Road in the City of Lockport.

It was the first confirmed case of rabies in the county this year.

The Health Department said all animal bites or contact with wild animals should be reported by calling 439-7444 or 439-7430 after hours.

"Please contact this office if a bat gets into your home to discuss if there is a reason to be concerned before you release or dispose of the bat,” said Scott Ecker, associate supervising sanitarian.

The department urged that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies. State health regulations require an unvaccinated pet exposed to a rabid animal to be confined for six months or euthanized.

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