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Third bat tests positive for rabies

A third bat has tested positive for rabies, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Thursday.

The bat was found in the fireplace of a home on Lane Allen Road in southwest Lexington.

The bat is the third to test positive for rabies since July. The other bats were found near downtown Lexington: one near Transylvania University and one near Woodland Park.

Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted by to humans by animal saliva, usually from a bite.

Rabies symptoms vary among species of animals. In humans, the disease is marked by an onset of headache, fever and malaise, and eventually coma or death. In pets, owners might notice a change in behavior, chewing at the bite site, fever and loss of appetite.

Residents who have questions about bats near their homes or about rabies may call the health department at (859) 231-9791.