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Third rabid bat found in SCV

Posted: July 27, 2012 6:20 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2012 6:20 p.m.
 

A third rabid bat was found in the Santa Clarita Valley recently, bringing the total to 20 rabid bats for Los Angeles County, a veterinary public health official said.

The bat was found dead in a home earlier this month, said Emily Beeler, a spokeswoman for county Veterinary Public Health. No people or pets came in contact with the bat, she said.

“Last year, we saw a cluster of rabid bats in Santa Clarita,” Beeler said. “This year, it’s more spread out.”

In 2011, the county saw a record number of rabid bats — 38, with 15 of those found in the SCV. With only three three only found in the SCV so far this year, the disease seems to be more spread out, Beeler said.

Only 11 rabid bats had been found by this time last year, compared to the 20 rabid bats found so far this year.

Residents should call animal control if they see a dead or injured bat and should not touch it, since bats are a federally protected species, Beeler said. Residents should also keep their animals up to date on their rabies vaccine.

Dogs or cats that come into contact with a rabid bat only have to be quarantined for a month if they’ve been vaccinated, compared to the six months if they haven’t, Beeler said.

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