MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin health officials are warning people about the dangers posed by bats in regards to World Rabies Day.
55,000 people die from rabies worldwide every year. Three people have died in Wisconsin from rabies since 2000. In Wisconsin, rabid bats are the leading cause of rabies infections in humans.
In the past five years, 128 cases of animal rabies have been diagnosed. All but six of those cases were rabid bats.
Usually, rabies is spread through a bite from a rabid animal.
In observance of World Rabies Day, Wisconsin state health officer Dr. Henry Anderson reminds people that rabies can be prevented by avoiding exposure to it or by receiving preventative vaccinations.
One tip to avoid exposure to rabies is to have pets vaccinated and stay away from wild animals.
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