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13th rabid bat this year found in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: October 11, 2013 2:54 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2013 2:54 p.m.
 

After a month-long lull, another rabid bat was found in the Santa Clarita Valley earlier this month, bringing the total to 13 so far this year.

The most recent bat was found alive outside a home in Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

This is the first bat to be found in the Santa Clarita Valley since August, a month that saw six such discoveries locally.
Countywide, only two other rabid bats have been discovered since August. A bat was found alive outside a home in Tarzana and another was found in a backyard in West Hollywood.

Rabid bats have been found in most areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, with confirmed findings in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Stevenson Ranch and Valencia, according to the county Department of Public Health.

While 32 rabid bats have been found throughout Los Angeles County, the 13 bats found in the Santa Clarita Valley are the most discovered in any single area.

During the typical year, officials find eight to 12 rabid bats in the entire county. However, the last three years have seen a marked increase in the number of findings.

Last year, for instance, county officials found 56 rabid bats, the largest number detected in a single year since the county began testing bats for rabies in the early 1960s.

Seventeen of those were found in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Additionally, 15 of the 38 rabid bats reported in 2011 were found locally.

The cause of the increase in the number of discoveries is unknown, according to public health officials.

 

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