Live rabid bat found at Fullerton College

Live rabid bat has been found at Fullerton College; faculty and staff alerted

A rabid bat was found on the campus of Fullerton College last week, and Orange County health officials warned the public Tuesday to be on alert for the deadly virus.

The live bat was found on an outside step of the 1100 Building at the college, located in the 300 block of East Chapman Avenue, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Students and faculty received a letter Monday notifying them about the rabid animal. So far, there have been no reports of human contact with the bat, said the county health agency’s spokeswoman, Tricia Landquist.

A bite from a rabid animal typically transmits the virus, which is carried in saliva. In rare instances, saliva containing the rabies virus can enter the eyes, mouth or an open wound.

Symptoms of rabies are initially mild, including fever, headaches and general weakness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the disease intensifies, symptoms may include hallucinations, slight or partial paralysis, insomnia and excessive saliva.

Anyone who may have had contact with the bat is asked to call the Orange County Health Care Agency’s epidemiology department at (714) 834-8140. 

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