9 cases of rabies so far in 2009 in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Health officials say they've found a rabid bat in Lexington, making it the ninth animal in the city to test positive for the disease this year.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced the findings Thursday and said it has posted signs in the neighborhood
reporting the incident and stressing the importance of getting pets vaccinated.

Eight other animals in the city have tested positive for the viral disease this year, including six skunks, a fox and a horse.

The number of cases more than doubles the four confirmed cases of rabies in Lexington in all of 2008.

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