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Multiple dead bats found inside Franklin County elementary school

(WKYT)
Published: Aug. 29, 2018 at 11:15 PM EDT
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An elementary school in Franklin County is closed Thursday after five bats were found either in or around the school.

Four of the five bats were found inside the school after a wildlife removal company did an extensive search of the campus. We are told a bat was found in the area earlier this week and the health department confirmed Wednesday it tested positive for rabies.

School leaders do not believe any students were exposed, but they want to close school out of an abundance of caution.

Health officials are asking people who live near the area to keep an eye out for bats that are active during the day or bats that cannot fly as that could be a sign it has rabies.

People should never touch bats and should teach their children to never touch one either. Residents also need to make sure their pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccines as it is a requirement under state law.

The Franklin County Health Department Environmental Department can be contacted at (502) 564-7382 if anyone has questions or concerns.

School leaders expect Hearn Elementary will reopen Friday.