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Animal officials say 9 bats have tested positive for rabies in the past week

Animal Services officials are issuing a warning about rabies and bats. Kasey Spain says it's not uncommon for the disease to pop up in the animals - and Austin has one of the largest colonies of bats living under the Ann Richards Bridge, "We've tested 20 bats in the last week. We've had nine cases that have come back positive for rabies. We do have a higher population of bats here in Austin than a lot of cities do. Because of the bats we have here, we have a really large local bat colony." Austin is home to the largest colonies of Mexican Free tail bats in North America.

Spain says if you see a bat near you, leave it alone even if it looks like it's dead. Call 3-1-1 to report the downed bat to Animal Control so it can be tested. Williamson County officials are continuing to look for a woman they believe may have been bitten by a bat at a Wal-Mart store in Round Rock - another woman is undergoing treatment after she says she made contact with a bat at that same store.

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