The County of San Diego Health and Welfare Agency (HHSA) is searching for anyone who may have come into contact with a live bat that tested positive for rabies at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The bat was found in the Mombasa Island Pavilion on Friday, June 25, and was collected by a trained park worker, the health authority said.
The bat was not one of the animals that live in the park. It was delivered to the county on June 25, and tests confirmed the animal was positive for rabies.
“Human rabies is usually fatal without immediate vaccination and treatment after exposure,” said Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH, district health officer. “No human or animal contact has been reported with this bat, but it was found in an area where many park visitors pass and we want to make sure no one has had contact with it.”
If you or someone in your family group has had contact with the bat, you should contact the HHSA at (619) 692-8499 as soon as possible. The health services said those who did not have direct contact with the bat, e.g. B. touch or hold the animal, are not at risk of rabies.
Rabies can be transmitted through a bat bite or when a bat’s saliva comes into contact with a cut or abrasion or mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose or mouth, the district said.
“People should always stay away from bats and other wildlife to prevent possible exposure to rabies,” said Wooten. “If you see a dead or alive bat, don’t touch it.”
In the event of direct contact with a bat, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical advice immediately.
Another rabid bat has been found so far this year in San Diego County.