The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reportted last week that a bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for rabies.
The bat was found dead on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. on a public walkway outside the Hidden Jungle, located between the Gorilla Forest and African Woods. The bat was also seen alive at 11:20 a.m. near a walkway across from the Red River Hogs in Nairobi Village. Trained park staff collected the dead bat without directly touching it and no human or animal contact has been reported. County health officials are interested to know if anyone who was in the park on March 25 directly handled the rabid bat. If you or someone in your family or group had contact with the bat, you are urged to contact the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency as soon as possible at 619-692-8499. If you did not have direct contact with the bat, such as touching or holding the animal, you are not at risk for rabies.