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Bat tests positive for rabies in Wellfleet

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Wellfleet’s animal control officer is urging residents to make sure that their pets’ vaccinations are up to date after a bat recently tested positive for rabies. Animal control officer Lorial Russell said that if vaccinations have expired, pet owners are urged to make an appointment with a veterinarian immediately. The Cape Cod Times reported that up-to-date vaccinations are required under state law. A 63-year-old Barnstable man died last year after being bitten by a rabid bat. Health officials said it was the first death from rabies contracted within the state since 1935.

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