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Rabies Found in Bats in Rancho Cucamonga

 

In recent months The Animal Care and Services Department has investigated several cases of Rabies involving bats in our city.  Several of these incidents have involved close contact with pets.  This article is designed to help answer questions or concerns regarding public health risks and potential exposures to pets.

The California Department of Public Health declared the entire State of California “a rabies area” back in the 1950s.  As a result, a comprehensive rabies control program was developed and has been modified over the years to include mandated public health activities such as; the control of stray animals, mandatory dog licensing/rabies vaccination, the investigation of animal bites and public education.

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