Santa Clarita continues to be the leader in rabies in the Los Angeles County area with another rabid bat that has been found in Newhall on Friday, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials report.
A rabid bat was found in Newhall in June, according to a recent report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. It was the ninth case in the county this year and the third in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Another rabid bat has turned up in the Santa Clarita Valley, at a residence in Newhall. It is the season's third rabid bat in Los Angeles County. Last year, nearly half of the rabid bats reported in the county were found in the SCV.
Rabies season 2014 started in February, with a bat found dead in an Agua Dulce swimming pool. Last year saw an abnormally high number of bats in Los Angeles County and a large percentage of them in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Santa Clarita Valley's fifth rabid bat turned up on a driveway in late July. L.A. County Department of Public Health officials warn residents to avoid handling bats that appear to be acting strangely. Call Animal Control instead.