NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 28 (UPI) — Officials in Orange County, Calif., are urging residents who may have encountered two bats that tested positive for rabies to seek immediate medical help.
Two bats spotted Monday in Newport Beach during the afternoon have tested positive for the deadly disease, and health officials are warning locals to be especially aware of the animals, as bat bites often go undetected because the animals’ teeth are so small, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The bats were seen before 3 p.m. Monday near the Bank of America branch at 2680 N. Tustin Ave., and again before 6 p.m. near the bike trail at University Drive and Jamboree Road, the Times said.
Officials recommend washing any animal bite wounds immediately before seeking medical attention.
Anyone who may have been exposed to the bats should call the Orange County Health Care Agency at (714) 834-8180.
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