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.
Another rabid bat was discovered in the Santa Clarita Valley, this time by a family dog. The dog is now being quarantined, and all local pet owners are reminded to vaccinate their animals and to beware of bats acting strangely.
Three rabid bats have been reported in Santa Clarita this year, and nine across L.A. County. Since 1961, an average eight to 10 cases were reported yearly, but numbers climbed in recent years. There were 38 reported cases in 2011 and 56 in 2012.
The first rabid bat in our area was found in Stevenson Ranch this May. Know the signs of rabies and avoid approaching or touching any bat acting strangely or flying during the day time. Seek immediate medical attention if bitten.