Warm weather leads to St. Cloud rabies concerns

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May 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - The St. Cloud Health and Inspections Department is reminding people to beware of possible rabies infections.

The higher threat level comes as warmer weather has led to an increase in bat activity.

In 2011, there were 55 cases of rabies-infected animals in Minnesota. The last rabies-related human death in the state came in 2007, when a person was bitten by a bat in northern Minnesota. The victim did not think there was a risk of rabies because the bat did not leave teeth marks, and there was no blood.

Health officials say anyone who is bitten by a bat or comes in contact with infections material such as saliva should wash the area thoroughly, call local police to report the incident, and contact a doctor.

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