A bat found at a bike rental shop in Irvine Park in Orange this week showed positive results for rabies, officials said Saturday.
This is the second deadly disease-carrying bat reported in Orange County within a week.
The OC Health Agency previously announced the opening of a rabid bat at the entrance of the 1188 St. Euclid shopping center in Anaheim on the afternoon of September 13. (Kaiser Permanente's medical offices are listed under this address.)
Five days later, at about 1:30 PM, another was found at the Irvine Regional Park bike shop on Route 1 of Irvine park in Orange, according to the health agency.
Authorities did not report human cases of infection, but they called anyone who may have had physical contact with bats or noticed anyone who should call the OK Health Agency at 714-834-8180 or 714- 834-7792. They also advised pet owners who may have come across mammals to contact their veterinarian.
Rabies infected by people in the United States mostly come from bats, said O.C. The health agency, noting that bat bites can go unnoticed due to their small teeth.
"Once a person begins to show signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is almost always fatal," O.C. health officials said in a statement. "For this reason, preventative treatment to stop the rabies virus from causing disease is given to anyone who may be exposed to rabies."
The Agency encourages locals to take the following precautions:
- Avoid any contact with wild animals
- Vaccinate all cats and dogs against rabies.
- Do not sleep with open windows or doors open.
- If bats are seen inside the house or other structure, close the area and contact the animal control. Once the bats have been removed, close all entry points.
- Do not leave pet food outside where it will attract wild animals.
- Immediately wash all animal bites with soap and water, as be sure to rinse the wound well, then contact your doctor.
- Report all animal bites on OC Animal Care.
- Report Homeless Animals at OC Animal Care.