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Milwaukee health officials warn people to guard against rabies

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city is telling folks to guard against rabies.

The Milwaukee Health Department has confirmed the presence of rabies in a bat that was captured after it flew into a house and made contact with an adult.

Humans can get rabies from a bite or a scratch by an infected bird – or when animal saliva gets into broken skin.

Health officials say people should avoid contact with wild animals – vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies – keep their home screens in good repair – and close small openings where bats can enter.

If a bat does get inside, residents are urged to capture it safely until the health department can deal with it.