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Rabid bat found in South Placer County

By: Staff Report
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In early June, an injured bat was picked up by Placer County Animal Control in South Placer County. The injured bat was euthanized and sent to a state lab for testing. Subsequently, the bat tested positive for rabies. The bat has been identified as a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat which is native to North America and abundant in the Placer County area. No other bats have been picked up by PCAC since this initial incident. Here at Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic, the discovery of a rabid bat in our region does not go unnoticed and serves as a reminder that all pets should be current on their rabies vaccine. The rabies virus is transmitted from infected wildlife species like bats, skunks, and raccoons to domestic pets like cats and dogs thus, it is important that all pets receive the rabies vaccine booster regularly in order to avoid contracting this deadly virus and to prevent human exposure. We recommend that pet owners check their pet?s vaccine history and if a booster is needed, make an appointment immediately with your veterinarian.