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Rabies Map 2012

In 2012, a total of 56 rabid bats were found in Los Angeles County.  This was, by far, the highest number detected in our county in one year, since testing of bats began in 1961. The prior record was set last year, when 38 rabid bats were detected.  During most years, only 8-10 rabid bats have been found.  Twelve people and 14  pets had potential exposure to these rabid bats. The cause for the increase is unknown.

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:

1. Santa Clarita. January. Bat found alive on floor in barn. Three cats in barn potentially exposed. The cats were not fully vaccinated, so must be observed for symptoms rabies for six months.

2. Los Angeles. March. Bat found alive in a backyard. Two dogs out in yard potentially exposed. The dogs were up-to-date on their vaccinations and will be observed for symptoms of rabies for one month.

3. Westlake Village. Apr. Dead bat found clutching side of wall at a private home.

4. Whittier. Apr. Bat found alive on ground.

5. Palmdale. Apr. Dead bat found in flowerbed.

6. Palmdale. May. Dead bat found on grass.

7. Van Nuys. May. Bat found alive on sidewalk.

8. Porter Ranch. June. Bat found alive outside of a home.

9.  Irwindale. June. Bat found alive in snack area in park.

10. Los Angeles. June.  Bat found alive at a school.

11. Santa Clarita. June. Bat flew in through back door of a workplace.

12. Azusa. June. Bat flew to ground near forestry service officer.

13. Pasadena. June. Weak-appearing bat seen crawling in through front door of a building (info shared by Pasadena Dept of Public Health).

14. Hollywood. July. Bat found dead in closet in apartment.

15. Glendale. July. Cat carried bat in mouth from outdoors into house.

16. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found dead at a home.

17. Atwater Village. July. Bat found dead outside of apartment building.

18. Pasadena. July. Bat found dead outside near a tree (info shared by Pasadena Dept of Public Health).

19. Glendale. Bat found alive in backyard under a chair.

20. Covina. July. Dog attacked rabid bat in back yard. Dog will be quarantined.

21. Burbank. July. Bat found alive at a residential facility. Bat was found in daytime inside a restroom that opens to outdoors.

22. Westlake Village. July. Group of three bats found alive on ground outside a home. Only one of the three had rabies. Dog may have had contact with bats, will be revaccinated and quarantined at home.

23. Monrovia. July. Live bat found outside a home.
24. and 25. Santa Clarita. July. Two live bats seen clinging to side of home near trash containers.  Both rabid.
26. Santa Clarita. July. Bat found alive outdoors at a home.
27. Northridge. July. Bat found alive in a garage.
28. Sierra Madre. Aug. Bat found alive in a driveway.

29. Acton. Aug. Live bat fell on person, bit them on shoulder.
30. Santa Clarita. Aug. Bat found alive outside on a patio.
31. Northridge. Aug. Bat found in a bedroom where 5 people were sleeping.
32. Newhall. Aug. Bat found alive outdoors.
33. and 34. Woodland Hills. Aug. Two bats (one alive, one dead) found inside a home.  Two people plus a cat potentially exposed to rabies.

35. Chatsworth. Aug. Bat was seen flying into a home through open window. Was covered with a box.

36. Saugus. Aug. Bat found dead in a pool.
37. Valencia. Aug. Bat found alive under a car.

38. Sierra Madre. Aug. Bat found alive outside a home.

39. Glendale. August. Bat found alive outside, in a parking area.

40. Altadena. Aug. Bat found alive at a home.

41. Santa Clarita. Aug. Bat found alive outside when a dog was barking at it.

42. Santa Clarita. Aug. Bat found on ground near a pool. Was moved off into bushes by resident. Bat later found walking back toward pool.

43. Santa Clarita. Aug. Bat seen hanging above a doorway for two days without moving.

44. Topanga. Sept. Bat found alive at a home.

45. Santa Clarita. Sept. Bat found dead on a driveway at a home.

46. Malibu. Sept. Bat found inside a home.

47. Chatsworth. Sept. Bat found in a backyard. Resident thought it was a leaf until it hissed. No pets or people in contact with it.

48. Burbank. Aug. Bat found on ground in a parking structure.

49. Hollywood. Sept. Bat flew into a shop in daylight, landed, was moved outdoors by workers, and flew back inside a couple of minutes later.

50. West Hills. Sept. Live bat found in backyard where two dogs were kept.

51. Santa Monica. Sept. Bat that looked injured seen outside window.

52. Woodland Hills. Sept. Bat seen alive on back patio.

53. Altadena. Bat seen alive on ground. Resident thought it was a leaf at first.

54. Castaic. Oct. Bat found alive under a lawnmower. Dog quarantined in home and observed for rabies in case it got near bat.

55. Canyon Country. Nov. Bat found alive in a pool clinging to a hose.

56. Encino. Dec. Bat found inside a home. Dog chased down and killed a rabid bat. Dog placed under home quarantine to be observed for potential development of rabies symptoms.


2012 map of rabid bats detected in Los Angeles County

Bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in our county. However, only about 1% of bats in nature are infected with rabies. Most bats are not rabid, and they 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.

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.

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.

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

In 2011, a total of 38 rabid bats were found.  At the time, this had been the largest number 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 was unknown.  Click here to see the 2011 map.

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






























Last updated: January 18, 2013


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