LA County Public Health Officials Warn Of Potential Rabies Exposure In Malibu


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned people in the Los Angeles area about a potential rabies exposure at the Malibu Café after a bat was handled by a person or group of people, including children.

“At this time, we do not have any indication that this bat infected anyone with rabies. However, if untreated, rabies is nearly always fatal, so we want people to err on the side of caution,” said Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “Parents need to ask their children if they noticed or touched any bats while at the facility. If anyone suspects they or their child came into contact with any bat, they should immediately be evaluated for possible post-exposure rabies treatment.”

Bats are the main source of rabies in the county, and 68 rabid bats were found last year in L.A. County, the highest number since testing began in 1961.



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