Rabid bat found on playground

Yuba City officials are warning residents to avoid contact with wild animals after a rabid bat was found last week in a children’s play area.

The bat was found Thursday on children’s play equipment in the 700 block of Bogue Road, according to a city news release. It was collected by the Sutter Animal Services Authority and turned over to the Sutter County Health Department for testing, which confirmed that the animal had rabies.

The news release cites recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on avoiding contact with bats and other wildlife. They include putting screens on windows, using chimney caps and placing draft guards beneath doors to ensure a tight seal.

People are advised to evacuate any room in which a live bat is found and close the door. Never touch bats, especially those that appear sick or dead. Pet owners should make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Anyone who finds a live or dead bat inside or outside their home should immediately call the Sutter Animal Services Authority at 530-822-7375.

For more information about rabies see the California Department of Public Health website or the San Francisco Public Health Communicable Disease Control and Public Health website.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy