Sunday, July 31, 2011

Health Officials Issue Warning on Rabid Bats

Gleaned directly from our own Los Angeles Times:

"In the wake of a recent uptick of rabid bats in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, health officials are warning the public not to handle bats or other wildlife.

"Twelve rabid bats have been found scattered across Los Angeles County since the beginning of the year, numbers that are above normal.

"Typically, about eight to 10 rabid bats are found each year, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath.


"These numbers do not mean that the public should become alarmed. Most bats do not have rabies," Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said in a statement Friday. "However we want everyone to be aware of what they should do if they see a bat on the ground, or if they or their pets come into contact with a bat."

Read the rest of the article at the link.