9 children were exposed to rabid bat in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Health officials in Louisville have found nine children needing treatment for exposure to rabies after a bat was confirmed to have the deadly disease.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness says its employees went door to door in a southern Louisville housing complex Friday and identified the children.

Anyone who may know of others who might have been in contact with the bat earlier this month should contact officials at (502) 574-6675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT weekdays or (502) 574-8200 after hours and over the weekend.

Officials say children carried the bat in a box, and others may have been playing with or near the bat.

Rabies is fatal once symptoms develop, and health officials say it's important they quickly treat those who have been in contact with the animal.

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