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5th case of rabies confirmed in Polk County this year

A bat was found on the ground near a home in Winter Haven.
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This Feb. 8, 2017, photo shows a northern long-eared bat, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, in Cleveland.

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk County deputies have confirmed the fifth case of rabies in the county since the beginning of 2019. 

The case was confirmed Wednesday after deputies received a call Sunday about a resident stepping on a bat on the ground near a Winter Haven home on Little Lake Court.

The bat, which was later found dead in the same spot, was sent in for rabies testing. 

The bat tested positive for rabies, adding to four prior cases of rabies in the county since the beginning of 2019.

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