Two Utah boys were receiving a series of vaccinations after one was bitten and the other was exposed by contact to a rabid bat while camping in southeastern Idaho last week.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said the incident came on the heels of two other exposures in northern Idaho. Two adults were still receiving vaccinations on Wednesday after exposure to rabid bats in separate incidents."Rabies is a problem every year in Idaho," said Dr. Leslie Ten-gel-sen, assistant state epidemiologist. "We're concerned that the rabies season is not yet over and we already have discovered eight rabid bats."

Health and Welfare said eight were discovered in all of 1997.

Tengelsen said people need not be bitten by a rabid bat to get the disease, which is virtually always fatal if no vaccinations are received.

"Bats groom themselves with saliva, much like a cat, so touching the bat may be as dangerous as being bitten by one," Tengelsen said.