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Bat infestation forces Nevada fire department to close indefinitely

A bat infestation forced a Nevada fire station to close "indefinitely" and firefighters temporarily relocated. 

"The station has been determined to pose a threat to the health and safety of firefighters due to bat infestation," said the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District at . News Release Tuesday. "Bats are flying in the living quarters and dead bats have been found in the equipment room." With personnel scheduled to move to a nearby fire station, the fire district consulted with experts on preventive measures and the best strategy to eliminate the bat colony, according to a news release.

The fire district said part of the concern for bats is that bats can carry rabies and other viruses.

Bats seem to be a recurring problem for fire departments. 

"The fire district tried to fix the problem in 2015, but the bats came back," the fire district said. "Staff will consider possible options, including decontamination."

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