In spite of Kansas lecturer Stan Roth's contention that bats are harmless to humans, it's interesting to note that the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services recently announced an increase in animal rabies cases, enough to prompt their statewide public health advisory. Two horses that had tested positive for rabies from Pulaski and Calloway counties were infected by the bites of two different species of bats. During the summer Cole and Jackson counties had been placed on alert because of increased percentages of bats having tested positive for rabies. Statewide so far this year, a total of 54 rabid animals have been detected, including 44 bats, seven skunks, the two horses and a cow.
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