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Rabid Bats Found Along River In Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested positive for rabies.


A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into contact with visitors or park staff.

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Rabies can be fatal but is preventable if medical treatment is given after exposure to a rabid animal and before the development of symptoms.

Humans can contract rabies through contact with an infected animal's saliva, such as a bite or scratch.


All mammals are susceptible to rabies and park officials advise visitors to not approach or wildlife.