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An eastern Kentucky volunteer facility serves as a useful example of how to rid buildings of roosting bats and keep the inhabitants safe from rabies.
In July 2012, the volunteer organization learned it had a colony of 200 to 300 big brown bats, formally known as Eptesicus fuscus, roosting above the ceiling tiles in sleeping quarters for volunteers. A team from the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a telephone survey to determine how many volunteers had contact with the bats.
Usher Bats Out of the Belfry to Reduce the Risk of Rabies. JAMA. 2013;310(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7323