Rabid bats found in Los Angeles

According to the Department of Public Health, 21 bats with rabies have been found in Los Angeles County this year, more than double the average number of 10. but the reason for the increase is unclear.

Meanwhile, 21 rabid bats have been found throughout Los Angeles County this year — higher than the annual average of eight to 10 rabid bats, according to a statement from the Department of Public Health. All dogs and cats should receive the rabies vaccine.

The county’s Department of Animal Care and Control reported Aug. 31 that a dog in Canyon Country had a rabid bat in its mouth. It was unclear if the dog was infected, but it was quarantined for 30 days as a precaution. County officials said one resident who was trying to nurse a sick bat back to health was bitten and had to be treated for rabies.

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