Bats return to Nevada fire station and forced it to close

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RENO, Nev. (TBEN) – Bats have infested a Nevada fire station for the second time in seven years, forcing officials to shut it down temporarily.

The bats are flying around the living areas of the small fire station between Reno and Carson City, and dead bats have been found in a bay where an ambulance is parked, said Adam Mayberry, spokesman for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

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Officials managed to get bats out of the fire station in 2015, but their return has led to health and safety concerns, he said.

Bats can transmit rabies and other viruses to humans, and their feces can transmit viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, Mayberry said.

Firefighters and rescue workers stationed at the 1950s station will be relocated until the bats are gone.

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