So far in 2014, fourteen rabid bats have been found in
Los Angeles County. Most bats in nature
do NOT have rabies. Read more about it in the lower section of this
Below is a list of the incidents in which
rabid bats were found:
1. Agua Dulce. February.
Dead bat found in swimming pool.
2. Los Angeles (West LA). February. Cat
found bat in back yard, on ground. Cat placed under
3. Santa Clarita (Newhall). April. Bat
seen during the day hanging on an outside wall at a
residence. It flew away and was later found on the
4. Palmdale. April. Bat found alive at
park. Park patron alerted park authorities, who
submitted bat for testing.
5. Los Angeles (Koreatown). April. Bat
found on an outside stairwell, was lifted by tip of wing
and moved to sidewalk by employee.
6. Los Angeles (Century
City). April. Bat found flying around in daylight under
an awning at a business. Bat fell to ground, was covered
with a box, and Animal Control called.
7. Topanga. April. Bat
found alive outside a home.
8. Monrovia. May. Bat
found alive inside living room of a home. Unknown how
long it had been in house. One vaccinated dog and three
people in home had potential for unrecognized bite.
People referred to medical care for rabies post-exposure
treatment, and dog will be quarantined at home and
observed for 30 days.
9. Santa Clarita (Newhall). June. Bat
found on patio. It was staggering as it walked. Resident
covered bat with pool net until animal control arrived,
and kept dog away from it.
10. Los Angeles (Mar
Vista). June. Dog caught bat while it was flying in a
park in daylight. Person bitten while trying to remove bat from
dog. Person sought medical care. Dog was up-to-date on
rabies vaccine before incident, was re-vaccinated after
and quarantined for a month.
11. Santa Clarita
(Newhall). June. Bat found inside a
12. Bradbury. July.
Live bat found in back yard. Bit person when picked up.
then attacked bat and a dog got near it, possibly came
in direct contact. Neither pet was up-to-date on it
rabies vaccination. Person
referred for medical care. Dog and cat referred for
veterinary care for rabies vaccination, placed under
6 month quarantines to observe for rabies.
13. Santa Clarita
(Canyon Country). July. Bat found alive on ground
outside a home.
14. Santa Clarita
(Newhall). July. Bat found on ground in front of a
garage. Hissed when approached.
BATS AND RABIES
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.
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