SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities dealing with bat infestations at two different Utah high schools say at least 42 people are getting rabies-vaccine shots after coming into contact with the creatures.

Most are from Salt Lake City’s West High School, where more than 300 bats were rounded up last week. The school is along their migratory path and they’ve dealt with bats before.

County health officials said Thursday they’re treating 41 people who reported touching the animals that can carry the deadly disease.

The Standard Examiner in Ogden reports one Layton High School student is being treated, and more are being checked. That school closed its auditorium to remove 800 bats this week.

Bat-removal company owner Melanie Harpster says the endangered animals were probably seeking shelter from recent cold temperatures as they flew south for winter.

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