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More rabid bats found in the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: August 7, 2014 6:42 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2014 6:42 p.m.

More than half of all rabid bats found in Los Angeles County have been found in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to a county report issued this week.

During the past week, the discoveries of four more rabid bats have been reported in the Santa Clarita Valley: one in July and one in August in Newhall, one in Stevenson Ranch in July, and one in Saugus, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The report does not specify the month in which the Saugus bat was found.

Eleven of the 21 rabid bats discovered countywide so far this year have been found in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the Health Department report dated Thursday.

Most bats do not have rabies, though county health officials say bats seen flying around during the day or found lying on the ground may be rabid.

Residents are urged not to touch such animals and to call the county Animal Control Department upon discovering one.



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