Second Rabid Bat Found in Orange County

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A effect   bat eats lettuce arsenic  it hangs from a enactment      during a down  the scenes interactive unrecorded  watercourse  from the Oakland Zoo successful  Oakland, Calif. connected  April 16, 2020. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A effect bat eats lettuce arsenic it hangs from a enactment during a down the scenes interactive unrecorded watercourse from the Oakland Zoo successful Oakland, Calif. connected April 16, 2020. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Orange County wellness officials are reporting the find of a 2nd rabid bat successful the past month.

A bat recovered Oct. 6 extracurricular the main lobby of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Building connected Alton Parkway successful Irvine has tested affirmative for rabies, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Given the determination and circumstances, the bureau urged residents to beryllium connected alert and debar interaction with immoderate bats.

“Contact with bats should beryllium avoided, and immoderate imaginable bat wound should beryllium discussed with a aesculapian provider,” the bureau said.

Anyone who whitethorn person had carnal interaction with this bat oregon who saw idiosyncratic other having interaction with the bat was asked to telephone the agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division astatine 714-834-8180 to find the hazard for rabies.

Owners of pets who whitethorn person had interaction with this bat should interaction their veterinarian.

On Sept. 14, a bat recovered astatine a parking batch astatine Pickleball Court No. 1 astatine the Fountain Valley Tennis Center connected 16400 Brookhurst St. tested affirmative for rabies.

The rabies microorganism is recovered successful an animal’s saliva and is transmitted to radical by a wound from a rabid animal. Although precise rare, contamination of the eyes, mouth, oregon an unfastened coiled by the saliva of a rabid carnal tin besides transmit rabies.

Most cases of quality rabies successful the United States successful caller years person resulted from bat strains of rabies; bats person precise tiny teeth, and their bites whitethorn spell unnoticed. Once a idiosyncratic begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the illness is astir ever fatal.

The Orange County Health Care Agency and OC Animal Care officials urge the pursuing actions to minimize the hazard of rabies:

  • Avoid each interaction with chaotic animals.
  • Vaccinate each cats and dogs against rabies.
  • Do not slumber with unfastened unscreened windows oregon doors.
  • If bats are seen wrong the location oregon different structures, adjacent disconnected the country and interaction carnal control.
  • Do not permission favored nutrient extracurricular wherever it volition pull chaotic animals.
  • Immediately lavation each carnal bites with soap and water, being definite to flush the coiled well, past interaction your doctor.
  • Report each carnal bites to OC Animal Care.
  • Report stray animals to OC Animal Care.

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