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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Rabid Bats in Los Angeles County 2011-2015
Map of rabid bats in Los Angeles County 2011 to 2015Rabid Bats - 2011 to 2015
Each red star on this map marks the location where a sick bat was found by a resident, reported to an animal control agency, and later tested positive for rabies over the five year period of 2011 to 2015.  Notice that rabid bats have been found in most parts of Los Angeles County.  Rabid bats are likely also to appear in unpopulated areas, but such bats do not get reported or tested.

Bats and Rabies
Bats are the species of animal that most commonly carry rabies in Los Angeles County. However it is important to know that most bats in nature do not have rabies.  Most bats 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 state law.

However, 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.

Bites from Bats
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. You should also talk to your doctor and/or veterinarian in these situations.

Key Resources

  • List of animal control agencies in Los Angeles County
  • Encountering bats in Los Angeles County
  • More links about rabies

  • Rabies in Los Angeles County - Overview
  • Rabid bats found in Los Angeles County in 2016
  • Los Angeles County - Rabies in Humans
  • Rabies Control Manual for Los Angeles County
  • Centers for Disease Control - Rabies information
  • Last updated September 7, 2016

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