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CDC urging people to stop using dead bats as Halloween decorations

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they're seizing illegal dead bats shipped into the U.S. (Photo courtesy: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

The Centers for Disease Control is sending a bizarre new warning -- urging people to stop using dead bats as Halloween decorations.

The national Fish & Wildlife Service says they're seizing illegal dead bats shipped into the U.S.

Most of the time the spooky specimens are fully taxidermied. People use them as wall hangings or outdoor decor. The biggest problem? Dead bats can carry disease.

"Bats from other countries can also carry diseases that we don't have yet in the United States, and we definitely don't want to get introduced," said Sarah Kaye, a Staten Island Zoo veterinarian.

Most bats are not protected by international wildlife treaties, making them easy targets for smugglers.

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