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Four More Rabid Bats Reported In Santa Clarita

Four More Rabid Bats Reported In Santa Clarita

More than half of reported cases of rabid bats in Los Angeles County have been discovered in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said Friday.

Four more rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita Valley in the past several months, bringing the total to 11 out of 21 reported cases in the county, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Thursday.Four More Rabid Bats Reported In Santa Clarita

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The most recently listed case was discovered alive outside a home in Saugus, but the month of the discovery is not named in the report.

Two of the new cases were discovered in Newhall in the months of July and August, and one was discovered alive outside a home in Stevenson Ranch in July.

The bat found in Newhall in July was alive and hanging on the side of a house during the day, and the August Newhall bat was discovered dead while two dogs played with it, according to the report.

Related Another Rabid Bat Is Found In Santa Clarita, Bringing County Total To 15

Neither dog was up-to-date on their rabies vaccines, so both were placed under a six-month home quarantine.

County health officials don’t have an explanation for the rise in rabies, which has jumped to about 40 cases per year — approximately four times the number of reported cases compared to early statistics from the 1960s.

Fewer than one percent of bats have rabies, but health officials warn residents not to touch any bats seen alive or dead on the ground and to immediately call Animal Control at 661-257-3191.

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About Melissa Lampert

Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. Melissa is also a part-time staff writer at the Santa Clarita Gazette weekly newspaper and Canyon Country Magazine. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. She recently finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.
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