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St. Joseph, MO (2010-07-19) The City of St. Joseph confirms the bat that bit a man did have rabies.
Now.... the warning is going out.
The health department says the man opened his front door-- that's when the bat which was on the porch ceiling fell down onto his hand and bit him.
A lab confirmed Thursday the bat had the disease.
St. Joseph Animal Control Manager Rick Smith says it's a timely reminder to be on the lookout.
Smith says with the many older homes in St. Joseph bat reports are common.
He advises if you think you've been bitten try to capture the animal using a jar or can and then contact your health department or animal control.
Otherwise he says you should leave wildlife alone.
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