A College of the Canyons student reported he was bitten by a bat at the Valencia Campus.
The student reported the incident that happened Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., according to John Green, COC’s communications director.
Green wrote in a statement that the student was “walking near the tennis courts at the Valencia campus” when he was bitten.
“We have not been able to independently confirm this, as he sought medical attention off campus,” Green wrote. “The reports we have received thus far support this claim as well as the fact that he is receiving treatment for rabies exposure.”
Santa Clarita is home to approximately half of the rabid bats identified in the county within the past four years.
“Measures to prevent rabies in people are simple: wash the wound right after you are bitten and get follow-up care and vaccination immediately,” said Ryan Wallace, veterinary epidemiologist with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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