UPDATE: Details on these 2 latest bats found in the SCV:
54. Castaic. Oct. Bat found alive under a lawnmower. Dog quarantined in home and observed for rabies in case it got near bat.
55. Canyon Country. Nov. Bat found alive in a pool clinging to a hose.
Two more rabid bats turned up in the Santa Clarita Valley in the last couple of weeks, bringing to 55 the total number of rabies cases across Los Angeles County this year.
That’s by far the biggest total since testing began in 1961, and county health officials are at a loss to explain why rabies infections are on the rise. A typical year sees just eight to 10 cases across the county, almost always in bats.
Rain might not wash away rabies, but cooler temperatures and wetter weather keep the bats at bay. They like heat and humidity – so it’s possible that the county’s 54th and 55th cases of the year – the former in Castaic in late October, the latter in Canyon Country in early November – could be the last for 2012.
In all, 17 of the 55 rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita Valley, and their distribution was fairly even from east to west and north to south.
In one highly unusual incident this year, a bat fell out of a tree in Acton and bit a person who happened to be sitting under it. The Aug. 3 episode sent the resident to the hospital with a bite would to the shoulder.
Luckily, the regimen for curing rabies isn’t as painful as it was in the “old days.”
Just in case the latest pair of rabid bats aren’t the last for the year, residents should be reminded never to touch a bat. As if we needed to tell you that.
Most bats – upwards of 99 percent – don’t carry rabies, and bats that exhibit unusual behavior don’t necessarily carry the bug. About 85 percent of the time they’ve got some other problem.
But to be on the safe side, if you see a bat flying around during the daytime, or flopping on the ground, or flying near pets or children when no food source is present, stay away. If one bites you, call 9-1-1.
And be sure to vaccinate your pets. If you don’t, they’ll be quarantined for six months if Animal Control officers suspect they’ve been exposed. Proper vaccinations reduce that time to 30 days of home detention.
Los Angeles County has agreed to its largest-ever largest payout -- $53 million -- to settle a 2010 class-action lawsuit over strip search practices of prisoners at the Sheriff’s Department’s Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.
Speaking before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Planning and Programming Committee on July 17, Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean advocated for the Antelope Valley Line Study to be presented to the full Metro Board.
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed a West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample collected from a trap in the city of Long Beach (90803 zip code), the first confirmation of the presence of the virus in mosquito populations within the county this year.
Veronica Alvarez, Ed.D., began her tenure last week as CalArts' new director of the Community Arts Partnership Program, or CAP, which offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 4-18.
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is offering a new jobs resource for SCV companies -- LiveWorkSCV.com, a comprehensive, highly visible job board that matches SCV career opportunities with SCV residents who want a job closer to home.
Tickets are on sale and sponsorships are still available for the nonprofit WiSH Foundation's fifth annual "Cocktails on the Roof" fundraiser for Hart District schools at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall on Friday, Sept. 6.
Amar A. Singh, a Los Angeles man, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child cruelty for allegedly kicking the 2-year-old son of his friends while attending a party at the couple's Canyon Country residence.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will co-host a pair of advanced Smart Gardening Workshops at two local Santa Clarita Library branches in August and September.
The First Peoples Fund and the Pukúu Cultural Community Services coordinated to bring the two-day Native Artist Professional Development Training course for indigenous artists to California Institute of the Arts on Friday and Saturday.
On the day Bridge to Home received major funding to provide homeless services in the Santa Clarita Valley year around, representatives from the nonprofit organization joined SCV Sheriff's Station deputies in an outreach effort Friday.
Bridge to Home, the primary homeless services provider in the Santa Clarita Valley, has secured a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority contract in the amount of $840,000 which will fund three-quarters of the annual cost of providing 60 beds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Valley Industry Association’s Advocacy Committee has been in hot pursuit following the changes, amendments and carve-outs of Assembly Bill 5, which passed the California Assembly floor on May 29, and the Senate’s Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee on July 10.
The Santa Clarita Public Library will celebrate the end of its 2019 Summer Reading Program with a free event called the “Stellar Finale with Guest Performer: BubbleMania!” at the Old Town Newhall branch on Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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