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Rabid bats on the rise in Los Angeles County this year


Due to an unusually high number of rabid bats found in Los Angeles County this year, public health officials are asking all residents to avoid touching any wild animals and to make sure their pets have up-to-date vaccinations.

Officials do not know why 21 rabid bats have been detected in 2010 so far when the past annual average is 10. But they are issuing the warning because most of these wild animals have been found in and around residential homes. One person was bitten while attempting to rehabilitate a sick bat.

Rabies is a serious viral illness that affects the central nervous system and could cause brain disease and death.

"Make sure that children know to leave bats and other wildlife alone and keep pets away from wild animals," the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a statement. "If you see a sick bat or other sick animal, contact your local animal control agency."


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Photo: The eastern pipistrelle bat, a species frequently linked with human rabies cases. Credit: Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Comments () | Archives (11)

Are they legal or illegal?

why would anyone try rehabilitate a sick bat?

There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.

Oh these nasty bats....look out for them

along that note, there are anecdotal reports from the inland areas of an uptick in rabid dogs as well. recently a vet got bit by a rabid dog brought in to clinic.

If you find a bat on the ground, contact a local bat rehabilitator or animal control. If you find a bat in the Los Angeles area, contact our group Animal Advocates http://www.animaladvocates.us . We are licensed by the California Departmentof Fish & Game to rehabilitate bats and have had rabies pre-exposure shots.

Because bats are an important factor in insect and pest control.

How do the bats get rabies in the first place?

These animals aren't rabid bats. I believe the true medical terminology is "leftist democrat party memebers of the California Legislature".

Where in LA County were these found? I've been living here almost all my life and I didn't know we had bats.

@Juan From ticks and fleas who got them from rats.


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