Health officials in Pasadena are looking for anyone who may have come into contact with a rabid bat discovered in the city this week.
The bat tested positive for rabies after being found around 3:30 pm Tuesday on land near State Street and South Fair Oaks Avenue, according to a statement from the Pasadena Department of Health.
Late last month, officials said that 41 rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County this year, up from an average of 35 annually.
In Orange County, three other bats tested positive for rabies for less of the month, most recently outside of Qty.
Authorities are not sure if anyone could come in direct contact with the bat discovered in Pasadena this week.
Anger is often fatal if preventative measures are not taken soon enough after exposure. The virus usually infects people within three to eight weeks of contact with a rabid creature, but it can sometimes take longer, public health officials say.
The virus is transmitted by scratching or biting.
In LA County, bats are the only animals known to normally carry rabies, though rabid skunks can be found in other parts of southern California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So far this year, Pasadena has the potential for additional rabid bats in the area, "said Dr. In-Gogh, director of public health at Pasadena, in a statement.
Bats are responsible for approximately 70% of rabies deaths nationwide. probably because people are not aware of the risk, says the CDC.
Authorities say most bats found in LA County do not have rabies. But humans still need to avoid any contact with them, as it is usually not possible to determine if an animal has rabies just by looking at it.
If you see a dead or dying bat on the ground, contact your local animal control agency.
Any potential bites from a bat can be reported to the Pasadena Public Health Department at 626-744-6089. If a pet is involved, contact an emergency veterinarian.