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The rabid bat found in Irvine Regional Park is the second bat to be tested for viruses within a week



ORANGE, California (KABC) – A bat in Orange County received a positive rabies report for the second time in a week, health officials told Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange, according to a press release from the OK Health Authority.

Another bat found near a commercial building in Anaheim earlier this month was also tested for the virus contained in the saliva of an animal and transmitted to humans through a bite of a rabid animal.

In recent years, most cases of human rabies in the United States, according to the agency, have been linked to strains found in bats. The disease is almost always fatal as soon as a person shows symptoms of the virus, she added.

Health experts call anyone who had contact with the bat to contact the OC. Health Care Agency at (71

4) 834-8180 or (714) 834-7792; Pets that may have had contact should also visit a veterinarian.

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