Person being treated after bat tests positive for rabies in Wisconsin

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WISCONSIN (CNN) — A Wisconsin man is getting vaccine treatments after being exposed to a rabid bat.

The man’s two dogs were also exposed, the dogs are now under quarantine.

Authorities in Menasha say the bat tested positive for rabies.

The victim is receiving rabies treatment, which usually includes vaccines over a two-week period.

Local health authorities say it’s the first case of rabies in several years.

“We turn in probably 20 animals a year and this is the first one in six years that we actually had come back positive,” said Todd Drew from Menasha Heath Department. “So it’s it’s not very common.”

While rabies is a preventable disease, more than 59,000 people worldwide die from it each year, which is why health officials are using this case to raise awareness.

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