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Health officials warn residents to be on guard against flying rodents and advise them to protect their pets.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Health officials warn residents to stay away from bats.Two rabid bats were discovered this month — one in Northeast Portland and one in Beaverton.

The Multnomah County Health Department and the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services both made announcements about the discoveries on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

In Multnomah County, officials said the bat was found after a dog was playing with it. The dog is quarantining for 45 days but is up-to-date on its rabies vaccine and received a booster.

This is the first animal to test positive in the county since September 2014.

According to the county, "rabies is a viral disease of mammals that attacks the nervous system. Rabies symptoms in wildlife include lethargy, walking in circles, loss of muscular coordination, convulsions, irritability or aggressiveness and disorientation."

Lisa Ferguson, the communicable disease services manager for the county, said people should make sure their pets are up to date on their vaccines so they're protected. She also advised people to stay away from bats.

"If you see a bat, avoid it," Ferguson said. "If you think you may have been bitten, scratched or are concerned about contact with a bat, report it because you may need just-in-time rabies vaccines."

Washington County said the rabid bat in Beaverton was found by a homeowner on Sept. 10. A pet that may have been in contact with it is up-to-date on vaccines but is being observed for 45 days.

Health officials warn residents to be on guard and protect their pets.

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