A bat found at an apartment complex has tested positive for rabies, health officials said Friday.
Anyone known to have had contact with the animal found March 22 at the Canyon Village Apartments in the 1200 block of North Chrisden Street should call the Orange County Health Care Agency at (714) 834-7792.
"Initial reports are that some children may have been in the vicinity of the bat before it was picked up," said Dr. Hildy Meyers, the county's director of public health epidemiology. "In addition, it is possible that a cat may have been in the same area prior to the removal of the bat."
Human rabies cases, though rare, can result if a person is bitten by a rabid animal or has contact with its saliva through a break in the skin. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal.
-- David Haldane