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  British scientists find bat with rabies
Updated 02 October 2002, 17.13
The Daubenton's bat
(picture BCT/J J Kaczanow)

People are being warned to be careful after scientists discovered a bat in Britain with the disease rabies.

The bat was sent away to be studied after it bit a lady who was looking after bats in Lancashire.

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Luckily she wasn't found to be carrying the disease, and now bat experts are trying to find out if any more of the animals are carrying it.

Fact File
Is rabies dangerous?
It's a virus that can kill all mammals, including man
It's spread when an infected animal bites another mammal
Britain has been free from Rabies since 1922
Some European bats carry the virus and fly into Britain
This latest incident doesn't change Britain's Rabies-free status
The government introduced pet passports to keep the disease out
Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and in some cases kills people, but medicine in this country is so good that it is extremely rare.

One of the top people at the Bat Conservation Trust, Amy Coyte, said there is more chance of being killed by a bee sting than by a rabid bat bite.

She added that humans are not likely to come into contact with the type of bats that might be carrying rabies because they normally live in trees and by rivers, and not near people's houses.

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