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Rabies Map 2011

2011 Rabid Bat Cases

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In 2012 38 rabid animals, all bats, were detected in Los Angeles County.  At the time, this was the largest amount of rabid bats detected in a single year since LA County began testing bats for rabies in the early 1960s. In most years, 8-10 rabid bats are discovered. The reason for the increase is unknown.

Fifteen rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita Valley. Please scroll down to see map below, and to learn more about bats and rabies.

Most bats in nature do NOT have rabies. Read more about it in the lower right section of this page.

Below is a list of the incidents in which rabid bats were found:

Circumstances of rabid bats found in 2011
1. Palmdale. Bat found in airplane hangar.

2. Agoura Hills. Bat found sick, alive, outside.

3. Saugus. Bat found on ground in daylight in parking lot.

4. Los Angeles. Bat found stuck to sticky rat trap in apartment near Downtown LA. Eight people and one dog exposed.

5. Bellflower. Bat found dead on front porch.

6. Agoura Hills. Bat found sick, alive, outside.

7. Cerritos. Bat found on ground at a high school campus.

2011 map of rabid bats in Los Angeles County

8. Canyon Country. Rabid bat being carried around by a dog, in the dog's mouth, in a condo complex.

9. Glendale. Bat found in elevator shaft in apartment complex.

10. Santa Clarita. Bat found in pool.

11. Newhall. Bat found in backyard on lawn.

12. Baldwin park. Bat found near a car.
13. Newhall. Found alive on ground outside, next to garage door.

14 and 15. Woodland Hills. Two rabid bats found on front lawn on same property. An additional bat in home tested negative for rabies.

16. Hollywood Hills. Bat found on ground outside home.

17. Topanga.  Bat fell into fish pond.

18. Valencia. Found outside a home.

19. Santa Clarita. Found dead outside a home.

20. Malibu. Bat was found outside the home on a patio.

21. Valencia. Found alive on ground near school. 

22. Stevenson Ranch. Dead bat found outside front door.

23. Newhall. Bat found alive clinging to stucco wall in daylight, high above ground.

24. Valencia.  Bat on floor in bathroom at a school latched on to student's sandal, but reportedly did not bite the student.

25. Burbank. Bat found alive, at a private home.

26. West Covina. Bat found alive, at a private home.

27. Valencia. Bat found clinging high up on a wall at a school.

28. Pasadena.  Found dead in a basement.

29. Arcadia.  Found on ground, alive, outdoors.

30. La Verne. Bat found dead outdoors.

31. Monrovia. Bat found dead outdoors.

32. Canyon Country. Found alive outdoors while gardening.

33. Long Beach. Found along a bike path.

34. Agoura Hills. Bat hanging in daylight from eaves of home, one wing hanging down.

35. Santa Clarita. Found alive outside an elementary school.

36. Sylmar. Found alive near front door.

37. Glendora. Found alive on floor of warehouse.

38. Santa Clarita. Bat found on front porch.  Seemed dead until lightly touched with stick - it squeaked.


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Bats 7.22.11

Bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in our county. Most bats do not have rabies, and try to avoid contact with people and pets. Bats are good for the environment because they eat insects and pollinate plants. Bats are also protected by law.

Bats seen flying in daylight, or found on the ground, are more likely to have rabies. Never touch a bat or other wild animal. If you pick up a bat with your bare hands, you may be bitten and exposed to rabies.

2011 map of rabid bats in Santa Claritabat

Bats that bite a person or pet should be tested for rabies. The bite mark from a bat can be very small and hard to see. Bats that are found indoors near a sleeping person, young child, adult that cannot speak, or pet should also be tested for rabies.   In these cases, try to gently trap the bat without touching it (such as covering it with a bucket), and call your local animal control agency. To see a list of local animal control agencies, click here. You should also talk to your doctor and/or veterinarian in these situations.

Links about rabies

MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES - Click HERE for CDC podcasts, videos, eCards and more about RABIES!

Lecture about rabies in Los Angeles County 2011

Centers for Disease Control - Rabies pages

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health web pages
Local Rabies Overview
Rabies Control  Manual
Human rabies

To see a map of all rabid bats found in Los Angeles County from 2000 through 2010. click

Last updated March 13, 2014

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