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County, UC Davis Advise: Stay Away From Bats 3 Test Positive for Rabies After Being Found on Campus

By Julia Ann Easley on November 9, 2016 in University

Quick Summary

  • Fallen bats recovered near Valley Hall in Health Sciences District
  • Avoid contact with bats — dead or alive
  • If you find a bat, call county Animal Services at 530-668-5287

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office and UC Davis are warning people to avoid bats and report any that are dead or acting abnormally. The warning follows positive tests for rabies in some bats found on the UC Davis campus.

The bats were found in the area of Valley Hall in the Health Sciences District. County officials say that of the seven fallen bats, three tested positive for rabies, one tested negative and the other three were not tested. Vicky Fletcher, chief animal services officer for the county, said today (Nov. 9) that the county has not picked up any bats in the area since Oct. 31. 

The UC Davis Environmental Health and Safety Office and the county are working to locate the potential bat roost and to alert people to avoid bats.

If you find a live or dead bat on campus, do not touch it or pick it up. Please call Yolo County Animal Services at 530-668-5287.

Read the news release from the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, which oversees Animal Services.

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Andy Fell, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-752-4533, ahfell@ucdavis.edu

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