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Record number of rabid bats found in L.A. County

Rabid batsForty-five rabid bats have been discovered in Los Angeles County so far this year, the highest number in modern history, authorities said Monday.

The previous high for a single year was 38 in 2011, and it is unclear what factors led to the increase.

Thirteen of the rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita area, according to a map of all the cases compiled by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

There are usually only 10 positive rabid bat reports a year.

Authorities warned the public to avoid handling bats and to report any found in homes or other places frequented by people to local animal control, especially if the animals are seen during the day.

Healthy bats tend to stay away from humans and are most active at night, authorities said.

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Graphic: Map of where rabid bats were found. Credit: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

 
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