Photo by Salix / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons
File Photo. Photo by Salix / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons

A rabid bat was found in a shopping center parking lot in Huntington Beach this week, prompting a warning from Orange County Health Care Agency officials Wednesday.

The bat, which was still alive, was on the ground outside a Big Lots store at 6911 Warner Ave., on Sunday.

Anyone who made contact with a bat in the area was asked to call the Orange County Health Care Agency’s epidemiology department at (714) 834-8180 or (714) 834-7792 after business hours.

The disease is nearly always fatal once symptoms surface, officials say.

That makes preventative care that much more crucial when exposed to rabies, officials say.

City News Service

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