Bat from Medford, Ore., house had rabies

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Jackson County health officials say a bat found flying in a Medford, Ore., house has tested positive for rabies.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that an Oregon State University lab did the testing. Health officials didn't immediately say where and when the bat was found in the southern Oregon city.

A county Health and Human Services release says it's the first bat to test positive for rabies in Oregon this year.

Health officials are warning people to protect themselves and their pets from the viral disease. People are advised to avoid handling bats and make sure pet rabies vaccinations are current.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/