Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies virus
Monterey County Animal Services Officials would like to remind residents to be cautious of wildlife and to vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies.
On October 15th, 2018, a bat found in the Las Palmas area of unincorporated Monterey County tested positive for the rabies virus. While there was exposure to an owned pet, Monterey County Animal Services investigated and determined that there was no human exposure in this case and is issuing this positive test information as a reminder to pet and livestock owners.
Residents of Monterey County are reminded about the continuous public health threat presented by rabid animals in our communities. Rabies is continuously present in certain species of wildlife in California, particularly skunks and bats. Rabies can be prevented through vaccination.Once symptoms of rabies occur, there is no treatment and the disease is nearly 100% fatal in animals.
At this time the Health Department and Animal Services recommend:
- Pet owners should make sure their dogs and cats are current on their rabies vaccinations.
- Owners should avoid leaving their pets outside unattended, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife can be most active.
- Owners of domestic livestock species such as horses, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle should discuss rabies vaccinations with their veterinarian as these species are also susceptible to rabies infections from rabid wild animals.
- Residents should avoid leaving pet food and water outside because it encourages wildlife activity around the home.
- People should avoid contact with wildlife, particularly skunks and bats. Do not touch or approach animals acting strangely. If any wild animals are found dead, acting abnormally or ill, people should call Monterey County Animal Services at (831) 769-8850 or their local animal control agency.
For more information about rabies, please call the Monterey County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit at 831-755-4521 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: www.cdc.gov/rabies.