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Bat confirms rabies present in Ogden Valley

LIBERTY— A rabid bat bit two young girls Saturday while they walked in the upper Ogden Valley.

The attack appeared unprovoked, Weber-Morgan Health Director Gary House said. One of the girls was bit on the finger while the other was exposed to the bat as she tried to stop the attack.

"Bats are nocturnal so for this to happen during the daytime is a sure sign that the bat was ill," House said. Family members captured the bat, which later tested positive for rabies, confirming the presence of the rabies virus in the area.

"Residents need to be cautious of any animals, especially bats, that are acting aggressively," House said.

The young girls, who are from out of state, are receiving a series of shots to prevent them from contracting the disease.

—Michael Gonda