Health officials issue rabies alert

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Health officials are reminding the public to keep an eye out for rabies symptoms in animals. They say so far this year eight bats have tested positive for rabies in the state.

Signs of rabies include changes in normal behavior, foaming at the mouth, a lack of interest in food or water, and paralysis. Wild animals often act uncharacteristically tame. Bats may be seen flying around during daylight or resting on the ground.

Raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are also at high risk for carrying the disease. Officials say if you are bitten by these animals you should take special precaution—wash the wound and catch the animal with gloves if possible.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Services will collect the animal and test if for rabies.

Vaccines are available for pets and livestock to prevent the disease. Officials say cats often test positive for rabies after playing with a dead bat.

There is no treatment for rabies. Officials say once clinical signs appear and it is always fatal.

Click here for more information about rabies in humans. 

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