Health Department: Bats are back

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The bats are awake, and St. Louis County residents are being urged to stay away from them.

The county Health Department says that warmer weather marks the awakening of bats from hibernation. Bats can carry rabies, so residents are urged to avoid handling them.

Anyone who encounters a live or dead bat should contact health officials.

Last year, 590 bats were tested in St. Louis County and 23 had rabies.

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