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Montgomery Co. resident bitten by rabid bat

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN (WSMV) -

One person was bitten by a rabid bat inside of their home in Montgomery County, officials say.

Montgomery County Animal Control and Adoption Service was called to the home on Tuesday.

An animal control officer caught the bat, which was euthanized and tested positive for rabies.

The victim is currently undergoing preventive rabies treatment.

Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers said in a statement that this was an isolated case but they want residents to be aware and to report any possible exposures.

Officials say there have been 19 cases of rabies in animals across Tennessee this year, mostly in wildlife.

"We want people to know bats can carry the rabies virus. People should avoid contact with bats and consult with their healthcare provider and the health department when any question about bat exposure arises," said Health Department Director Joey Smith in a statement.

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