Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Redlands

Health officials issue warning to Redlands residents after rabid bat was found in Community Park.

By Olga Spilewsky and Jacob Rascon
|  Friday, Apr 19, 2013  |  Updated 9:13 AM PDT
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San Bernardino County officials issued a warning to Redlands residents Thursday after a rabid bat was found at a community park. Fliers warning of the danger are posted at the park, and they will also be posted at nearby schools soon. Jacob Rascon reports from Redlands for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 18, 2013.

Jacob Rascon

San Bernardino County officials issued a warning to Redlands residents Thursday after a rabid bat was found at a community park. Fliers warning of the danger are posted at the park, and they will also be posted at nearby schools soon. Jacob Rascon reports from Redlands for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 18, 2013.

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A rabid bat was found in Community Park in Redlands, prompting health officials to warn residents and park goers.

San Bernardino County officials have posted fliers in the park warning of the danger.
Last year, 10 bats from the county tested positive for the deadly disease in microbiologist Rick Allen’s lab. It’s not an uncommon occurrence.

Allen said this year, a rabid bat turned up in Rancho Cucamonga in January. And now, this one has been found in San Bernardino County.

“Don’t try to feed them. Don’t try to pet them,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikuare, San Bernardino health officer.

Health officials and Redlands police want everyone to be aware of what to look for. Signs are posted at the park and will soon also be posted at nearby schools.

“We understand how deadly rabies can be,” Ohikuare said.

It can not only be deadly for pets, but also for humans if they don’t get treatment. Bats usually transmit the disease through a bite. About one in 10 bats discovered in this county will test positive, officials said.

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