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Rabies Map 2013

In 2013, a total of 34 rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County. This total includes one bat found in the city of Pasadena (which tracks its own rabid bats).

  1. Los Angeles. March. Sick bat on sidewalk. Sniffed, but not touched, by two leashed dogs.
  2. Lancaster. March. Bat flew around outside home in daylight, settled onto the side of a house.
  3. Pasadena. [Data shared by Pasadena Humane Society]. March. Bat found at a business.
  4. Los Angeles. April. Bat flew into a garbage can at a school, then crawled underneath it.
  5. Bell Gardens. April. Bat found alive clinging to a wall in the middle of the afternoon.
  6. Los Angeles (Canoga Park). May. Bat found in the afternoon on sidewalk outside of a store.
  7. Stevenson Ranch. May. Found dead outdoors.
  8. Santa Clarita. May. Live bat found outdoors.
  9. Santa Clarita. June. Found dead in a backyard.
  10. Palmdale. June. Found dead in a backyard.
  11. Calabasas. July. Found in a home where four people and two cats were staying.
  12. Porter Ranch. July. Bat found on ground at a church.
  13. Santa Clarita (Saugus). July. Dog carrying bat around in its mouth.
  14. Los Angeles (Brentwood). July. Bat found on a front porch floor.
  15. Malibu. July. Bat found alive around on ground in a park.
  16. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home.
  17. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home (same place as bat #16).
  18. Unincorporated area of Pasadena. July. Bat found alive outside a home.
  19. Santa Clarita. August. Found alive in driveway. Covered with a bucket and Animal Control contacted.
  20. Altadena. August. Bat found alive outdoors.
  21. Covina. August. Bat found dead on a balcony.
  22. Santa Clarita. August. Bat found clinging to side of garage.
  23. Santa Clarita. August. Bat found dead next to pool.
  24. Chatsworth. August. Bat found alive at a home.
  25. Santa Clarita (Canyon Country). August. Bat found dead outdoors.
  26. Santa Clarita (Valencia). August. Bat found alive in front yard of home.
  27. Los Angeles (Northridge). August. Bat found under a tree in backyard, hissed as resident approached. Feral cats visit backyard also.
  28. Santa Clarita (Canyon Country). August. Bat found dead on a back patio. Cat may have played with it, placed under 30-day home quarantine.
  29. Los Angeles (Woodland Hills). August. Bat found alive in a driveway, hissed when approached.
  30. Agoura Hills. August. Bat found alive in a garage, sitting on chair. Cat may have come into contact with it.
  31. Los Angeles (Tarzana). September. Bat found alive at a home.
  32. West Hollywood. September. Bat found in backyard and picked up by puppy.
  33. Santa Clarita. October. Bat seen hanging from eave of home, and later lying on ground.
  34. Santa Clarita (Newhall). October. Bat found alive inside a home.

Bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in our county. However, only about 1% of bats in nature are infected with rabies. Most bats are not rabid, and they try to avoid contact with people and pets. Bats are good for the environment because they eat insects and pollinate plants. Bats are also protected by law. Click here to read more about bats.

However, bats seen flying in daylight, or found on the ground, are more likely to have rabies. Never touch a bat or other wild animal. If you pick up a bat with your bare hands, you may be bitten and exposed to rabies.
Bats that bite a person or pet should be tested for rabies. The bite mark from a bat can be very small and hard to see. Bats that are found indoors near a sleeping person, young child, adult that cannot speak, or pet should also be tested for rabies. In these cases, try to gently trap the bat without touching it (such as covering it with a bucket), and call your local animal control agency. To see a list of local animal control agencies, click here. You should also talk to your doctor and/or veterinarian in these situations.

2013 Los Angeles County Rabid Bat map - 34 bats
2013 Santa Clarita area rabid bat map

MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES - Click HERE for CDC podcasts, videos, eCards and more about RABIES!

Lecture about rabies in Los Angeles County 2011

Centers for Disease Control - Rabies pages

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health web pages

Local Rabies Overview
Rabies Control Manual
Human rabies
2013 rabid bat map
2004 - 2013 rabid bat map



Last updated February 20, 2015

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