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Illinois health officials warn of bats after 17 test positive for rabies

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning that at least 17 bats in the state have tested positive for rabies this year.

Experts say you should avoid handling the animals and be sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations.

If a bat gets into your home, try to close it into an area and call the local health department.

If you are bitten, get medical attention immediately.

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