Health authorities from Orange County have reported finding a rabies-infected bat near the lake situated in Irvine Regional Park. The bat in Irvine regional Park tested positive for rabies and the local authorities urged all people who came in contact with the flying mammal to go to the nearest epidemiology center.
On Tuesday, the local health authorities from Orange County have confirmed that a bat residing near Irvine’s Regional Park lake was infected with rabies. Thus, the authorities are on the lookout for people who came into contact with the rabies-infected bat.
Those who have been in the are asked to contact the regional epidemiology center in orde to get tested for rabies. If you want to schedule an appointment, you can call the epidemiology center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the following phone number: (714) 834-8180.
Patients can also make after-hour calls this phone number (714) 834-7792.
Those who think that they may have been bitten by the rabies-infected bat should immediately seek medical treatment, because, according to medical literature on the subject, all patients who have begun exhibiting rabies-related symptoms are at risk of dying.
Rabies is an infectious disease which causes inflammations of the brain tissue. The early symptoms associated with this type of infectious disease are low-grade fever and a tingling sensation at the site of exposure (the area where you were bitten). Unfortunately, in humans, the disease is fatal once the initial symptoms resurface.
There are also a couple of neurological diseases which are attributed to rabies. These symptoms include hydrophobia, anxiety, confusion, paralysis and sometimes a loss of consciousness.
According to Orange County’s Health Care of Agency, most of the rabies cases that have resurfaced over the past few years, have been traced back to bat bites. The authorities explained that even the patients are unaware of the infection. This is because the bat has very small teeth and the bite goes unnoticed.
Worldwide, rabies accounts for 55000 deaths each year. According to clinical observations, it would seem that the disease may pass unnoticed for a couple of days because rabies is capable of mimicking the symptoms caused by influenza.
The virus has an incubation period of 2 to 12 days. After the first signs of rabies appear, death may occur in a time frame ranging from 2 to 10 days. The most common symptoms associated with rabies are hydrophobia, paralysis, paranoia, terror, visual and auditory hallucinations, delirium and insomnia.
This disease can be treated with high doses of immunoglobulin and rabies vaccines.