In California, rabies virus is most frequently detected in skunks and bats. This bat was found outside upstairs from our office in Orange, Ca. This is why it is important to keep your pet’s rabies vaccine up to date. There have been a few rabies positive bats found this year, one found close by in Irvine! They can be small and hard to see. This one is the size of a business card.
Rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal when it bites a person or other animal. Rabies can also be transmitted when saliva from a rabid animal gets into a break in skin or mucous membrane, such as eyes, nose, or mouth.
If a wild animal bites your pet, do not attempt to intervene or capture the wild animal. Report the bite to your local animal control agency as soon as possible. If the wild animal can be collected by animal control, it will be euthanized and tested for rabies. If you think you may have been exposed to rabies, contact your doctor.
For further information visit https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/pets/index.html
– Susan Aranda