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Rabid bat discovered in south Orange County

October 21, 2010 |  6:07 pm

Orange County health officials issued a warning to the public Thursday after a rabid bat was discovered in a residential area of San Juan Capistrano.

Anyone who might have had contact with a bat in the vicinity of Village and Marina roads is encouraged to call the Orange County Health Care Agency at (714) 834-8180 so that a nurse can evaluate the person’s risk of contracting rabies.

Parents also are advised to talk to their children who may have walked home from school or other activities through the neighborhood, or from school bus stops in the area and may have come in contact with the bat.

Rabies, which is fatal without treatment, is a virus that infects the central nervous system. It is generally transmitted by a bite from an infected animal. Anyone bitten by a rabid animal should seek medical care promptly.

More information about the illness is available online from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

-- Dan Weikel