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Idaho records first human death due to rabies since 1978

Nov. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A human has died in Idaho due to rabies for the first time since 1978, health officials said Thursday. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health in a news release said the west-central man from Boise County died in...

Bat Week celebrates the role of the winged mammals in nature

Oct. 30, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It’s still not too late to celebrate Bat Week in Massachusetts. The special week set aside to raise awareness for bat conservation and celebrate the role of bats in nature extends — appropriately enough — through Halloween. Bats...

Gates installed on Alabama bat cave to protect habitat

Oct. 23, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Gates have been installed at the mouth of a cave in eastern Alabama to protect the habitat of two endangered species that live in the cavern, the state wildlife agency said. Mined by the Confederacy during the Civil War for saltpeter, a component...

South Carolina officials report 2 positive rabies tests

Oct. 01, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are urging residents to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination after a fox and a bat tested positive for the disease. A rabid fox in Travelers Rest north of Greenville exposed one person and two dogs...

Kentucky bridge repairs make span safer for motorists, bats

Sep. 30, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A deteriorating Kentucky bridge that was home to thousands of endangered gray bats has been repaired in way that makes the span safer for motorists and wildlife, officials said. A project team from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet partnered with...

Illinois man dies of rabies after apparent bat bite

Sep. 28, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has died of rabies after apparently being bitten by a bat — the first human case of rabies in the state since 1954, health officials reported Tuesday. The diagnosis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease...

Invasive fungus that harms bats is spreading in Washington

Sep. 21, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington, with the fungus detected in late spring near Rimrock Lake. During spring and summer field work this year, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish...

Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...