Bat at Orange County park tests positive for rabies

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say a bat at an Orange County park has tested positive for rabies.

The Orange County Health Care Agency reports a bat found near Irvine Regional Park late Sunday morning has tested positive for the disease.

Anyone who may have come in contact with the bat is urged to contact the agency to determine if they at risk for rabies.

Rabies can be transmitted to humans if they are bit by a rabid animal. In rare occasions, rabies can also be transmitted when an infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with someone’s eyes, mouth or an open wound.

Orange County health officials cautioned Tuesday that because bats have very small teeth their bites may go unnoticed.

The agency recommends avoiding all contact with wild animals.

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