Rabid bat found at Orange County college

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say a live bat found at an Orange County college has tested positive for rabies.

The county Health Care Agency is asking that anyone who came in contact with a bat at Fullerton College contact the agency to learn if they could be at risk for the disease.

Rabies is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected animals. In recent years most human infections in the United States have been caused by rabies strains found in bats. Because bats' teeth are small, their bites can sometimes go unnoticed.

Although easily curable when treated early, rabies can result in death if left untreated.

Health officials say the bat was found on the ground near the campus science building on Tuesday


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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