Bats with rabies were found in downtown Sacramento, announced the Department of Health Services of Sacramento County on Thursday. Several bats were found near Golden 1 Center. They were taken to the district public health lab last Friday for positive rabies testing.
District officials believe that all individuals exposed to the rabid bats have been identified and given medical recommendations
We have been in contact with the individuals in direct contact with the bats, "said Dr. Olivia Kasirye. Sacramento County Health Department official, in a statement.
Kasirye also reminded residents not to touch bats and ensure that their pets are properly vaccinated against rabies.
Anyone who discovers a sick or dead bat should be 31
The Sacramento region naturally hosts bats, "and they are beneficial to the environment, but they are also the most common carriers of rabies."
Earlier this month, rabid bats were found camping at Auburn State Recreation Area found park officials said the campsite remained open to the public
The latest announcement from the Sacramento district does not mention the rabies cases in Auburn.
In 2017, 231 cases of rabies were reported in California. Animal symptoms can include lethargy, unpredictable behavior, and difficulty walking.
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