POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — There has been an increase in the number of investigations in Dutchess County of people or domestic animals exposed to bats, along with an increase of exposure to animals that may have rabies. The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health said, for 2020 to date, it has investigated 111 reports of potential exposures, nearly a 30 percent increase from the previous year.
Bats in the homes of county residents continues to be a problem with the department reporting a significant increase in bats found inside homes with window air conditioners.
Health officials said rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of mammals. The virus spreads through the saliva and nervous tissue of rabid animals.
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