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Mar 28, 2015

05:37:56 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150328-47519-USA

Date / time: 28/03/2015 05:36:42 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of California

Location: Escondido [San Diego Zoo Safari Park]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido this week tested positive for rabies, county officials said Friday. The bat was last seen alive around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday near a walkway across from the Red River Hogs exhibit in Nairobi Village. About five hours later, someone found its carcass on a public walkway outside the Hidden Jungle, between the Gorilla Forest and African Woods. Park staffers delivered the bat to the county for testing Thursday. Authorities said no human or animal contact with the bat had been reported. "Human rabies is usually fatal without prompt post-exposure vaccine and treatment," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer."There has been no reported human or animal contact with this bat, but it was found in an area where many park visitors pass by, and we want to make sure that no one had contact with it." Rabies can be transmitted to humans through an animal bite or if its saliva comes in contact with a cut or abrasion, or with mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose or mouth. County health officials said people should never handle a bat or any other animal that might have rabies. "People should always stay away from bats and other wild animals to prevent possible exposure to rabies," Wooten said. "If you see a bat, dead or alive, don't touch it."

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