Live, rabid bat found on steps of building at Fullerton College but no illnesses reported



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FULLERTON, California — Orange County health officials say a rabid bat was found at Fullerton College but so far there are no reports of anyone contracting the disease.

The county Health Care Agency said Wednesday that the live bat was found on a step of a building last week.

Spokeswoman Tricia Landquist tells the Orange County Register that students, faculty and staff have been notified.

Anyone who had contact with the bat is asked to call the agency.

The rabies virus is found in the saliva of an infected animal. It can be passed by a bite or through contact with the eyes, mouth or an open wound. Authorities say anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should seek preventive treatment because once symptoms show, the disease is nearly always fatal.

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