For Immediate Release:April 26, 2012
Contact: Deanne Thompson 714-834-2178, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bat Found at Laguna Niguel Regional Park Tests Positive for Rabies
(Santa Ana) – A bat found on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel Regional Park has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Laguna Niguel Regional Park is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 so that a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.
Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is nearly always fatal. For that reason preventive treatment to stop the rabies virus from causing illness is given to anyone who may have been exposed to rabies. Medical assistance should be obtained promptly after an exposure so any wound can be cleaned and preventive treatment can be started. This treatment is safe and effective. Continue reading