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Washington, Mo. girl being treated for rabies after bat bite

By AP/KWMU

Washington, MO – A teenage girl is receiving rabies shots after being bitten as she slept by a rabid bat.

The girl was bitten earlier this month at her home in Washington, Mo. The bat was the third in Franklin County this year that was found to have rabies.

Health officials say the girl is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

State Veterinarian Howard Pue says 23 animals have tested positive for rabies in Missouri this year; 20 of them are bats, along with two skunks and a horse.

Health officials say homeowners need to take measures to remove any bats from their house, even if the bats are in the attic.

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