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Two more rabid bats found in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: August 8, 2013 5:03 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2013 5:03 p.m.

Two of the three new rabid bats discovered in Los Angeles County recently have been found in the Santa Clarita Valley, meaning local cases now amount to almost half of all rabid bats found in the county so far this year.

Of the 18 rabid bats reported in Los Angeles County so far this year, seven have been discovered in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to county officials.

The sixth bat found locally was discovered “weak but alive” on the driveway of a Santa Clarita home in July, the same location where another rabid bat was found earlier that month, according to county officials.

The seventh was found in Santa Clarita in August, but no details on that case were available, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Another infected bat was found in July outside a home in the unincorporated area of Pasadena.

The Santa Clarita Valley tends to have a high proportion of reported bat rabies cases because bats are attracted to the area due to the Santa Clara River and the popularity of Spanish-style roofs, which they like to roost under, according to county Acting Director of Veterinary Public Health Dr. Karen Ehnert.

Residents were urged to stay away from bats acting in a peculiar way, such as lying in the sunshine or flying around during the daytime, because that could indicate they are rabid. Residents who observe such behavior were asked to call the county Department of Animal Care and Control at 661-257-3191.




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