Warning issued as rabid bat reports increase in L.A. area

07/25/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

An increase in rabid bat reports has led officials in California's Ventura and Los Angeles counties to warn residents to avoid them. Health officials say they usually find eight to 10 rabid bats in a year, but so far in 2011 a dozen have been reported. "These numbers do not mean that the public should become alarmed. Most bats do not have rabies," said L.A. County Department of Public Health director Dr. Jonathan Fielding.

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