The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has issued an alert for residents spending time outdoors this summer to be aware of the danger of exposure to rabies from contact with wild and stray animals.


A bat dropped off at the Chino Police Department on Monday tested positive for rabies, while the County of San Bernardino Public Health Lab has confirmed five rabid bats in the last two weeks.


Animals with rabies may act differently from healthy ones. They may display problems swallowing, increased drooling, aggression and general sickness. Wild animals may move slowly or act as if they are tame, while pets that are usually friendly may snap or try to bite.


It is recommended not to approach unfamiliar pets, wild or stray animals, or to let pets do so by leaving them unattended or roaming free.


To prevent rabies from spreading, pets must be vaccinated against the disease. And if they are spayed or neutered, there is a lower possibility of them leaving home to potentially spread the disease.


Being exposed to or bitten by an infected animal can spread rabies, which is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms begin. People must seek medical attention immediately if such exposure occurs.


For more information on preventing rabies, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies or call the San Bernardino Department of Public Health at (800) 722-4794.