Beach visitors alarmed, but not worried about rabid bat found at Sandy Beach

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    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - As the dog days of summer come to an end, and the weather heats back up, families are looking for ways to keep cool, but before heading to the water this weekend, visitors at Sandy Beach are being urged to avoid contact with bats.

    "Well it's a kind of scary thought," says Karen Oliver.

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    Oliver lives nearby and says she has seen bats around her home; however, Friday was the first time she heard of a bat being found at Sandy Beach.

    The Arkansas Department of Health issued a report on Friday of a rabid bat found at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs on Sunday, Aug.18, 2013.

    While the report may have initially worried Oliver, Brian Patterson said he has no concerns.

    "I would be more worried about dogs or skunks or other animals like that," he explained, but he is making sure his daughter stays close by and watches where she steps. "I mean we're right here in a contained area and we can keep a constant eye on her, so we're not really worried about it."

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