Rabid Bats Found Near Lake Merced

Yikes! San Francisco health officials found five bats with rabies in the Lake Merced neighborhood, and want you all to watch out.

The Department of Public Health and the Mayor's Office issued a written warning to residents last night, and papered the neighborhood with flyers alerting people about the latest crop of rabid bats.

Meanwhile, Tomás Aragón, health officer with the DPH, doled out some really great advice:

“Rabid bats are a serious concern, and all San Francisco residents should be aware that if they find a bat that appears dead, sick or unable to fly, do not touch or handle the bat,” he said.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated for rabies (which comes from the Latin word for madness) is at risk for contracting the fatal disease. That goes for your dogs and cats, too.

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